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1988 National Journal Profile: A Free-Lance Crab Apple Shaking the Federal Tree

•, by Jim

I burst out laughing at the article's reference to my "rented Washington duplex."  It was a sprawling basement room in a group house.

Maybe folks who read this piece will appreciate how much I have mellowed.  Well, at least I refrain from cat references these days.  That 1988 reference was spurred by Mencken's wonderful lines: "The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by dunderheads; it has been furthered by gay fellows who heaved dead cats into sanctuaries and then went roistering down the highways of the world, proving to all men that doubt, after all, was safe—that the god in the sanctuary was finite in his power and hence a fraud. One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. "

But federal agencies still accuse me of "taking things out of context" – which pains me deeply.

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