By Chris Poh, Publisher of American Public House Review

Dean Martin in Rio Bravo
Dean Martin in Rio Bravo

Chris Poh publisher of American Public House Review

Sometimes, the Bums Just Need to be Thrown out of the Bar

I was on my way home after a long day on the working side of the bar at the Indian Rock Inn when I got the news by way of BBC radio that bin Laden had been apparently killed by U.S. forces. My initial reaction was one of relief and perhaps a bit of smug gratuitous joy, but then the usual circumspect analytical side of my personality began to take hold. I knew that the man who had just got done proving the legitimacy of his birth would soon have to prove the legitimacy of another man's death. And by early morning the crazies would already be spouting their far-flung conspiratorial theories on both the airwaves and the web.

I have come to the conclusion that there resides within the human brain a place that allows small children to believe in the Easter Bunny and adults to believe in God—a wonderful place that operates on simple faith, and is most often a source of peace and comfort. But unfortunately, that same group of neurons and neural pathways that can foster strong beliefs, without the benefit of any tangible evidence, can also give rise to dangerous distortions of the facts when driven solely by fear.

My own brand of logic causes me to question just how much we actually gain by the killing of one man. While I fully support the notion of cutting off the head of the snake, I know that another serpent will soon emerge from the viper's den. And all too often that snake tends to display even more loathsome reptilian-like behavior. But for the sake and safety of those decent well-behaved patrons that are presently sitting in the saloon, sometimes the bums just need to be thrown out of the bar. And even though there is probably a more nefarious scoundrel lurking in the shadows—we can thank God and the Easter Bunny for good bouncers and great Navy Seals!


mitchell's pub as seen in American Public House Review
Chris launches APHR with his initial comments.
golden pint
Chris remembers a long past New Years Eve in a Greenwich Village pub.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad as sseen in American Public House Review
The new, expanded version of APHR is up and running .Stay tuned; more is coming
Chris Poh editor of American Public House Review

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"The times that try men's souls!"
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A tea party for a new year.
A look at the contributions of Muslim/Americans
Sevens sign

A benediction for the new year.

Taps at the Farnsworth House as seen in American Public house Review
Chris introduces an issue that explores a little bit of the rich military legacy of our country.
Paintin in Whitehorse Tavern as seen inAmerican Public House Review
Chris talks about his early days
as a bartender in NYC.

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Chris presents our Virginia City Nevada tour of classic western pubs.
A toast to better economic times and good wishes for 2009.
be good or br gone

Be good or be gone.

Billy Mulligan

A friendship in between sets

An appeal to exercise our franchise.
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Our energy policy beholds us to enemies.

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Chris reminisces about his father's home bar and Christmas past.
Painting in Blackkbread bar in Jim Thorpe, PA as seen in American Public House Review
Chris introduces the new look and expanded version of APHR
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Chris presents our issue about taverns with an American Revolutionary War heritage.

Tom Connally
The passing of a friend at the end of the bar.
An historical companion to APHR'S autumn long visit with Philadelphia.
We the people
A look at the dance of rights vs. responsibilities

A 2010 Christmas wish
deam Martin in Rio Bravo

The Death of Osama Bin Laden

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