November 24, 2012
Re "Grover Norquist's tough year," Opinion, Nov. 21 One thing to add to Doyle McManus' excellent piece on Republicans in Congress finally turning away from the Grover Norquist pledge never to increase taxes: Norquist has been clear about his reason for demanding that promise. He's on record advocating lowering tax revenue to, in his words, "reduce [government] to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub. " In 1949, 11 members of the American Communist Party were tried in New York City, not for a specific plan to overthrow the U.S. government by force but for a "philosophy" of violently overthrowing governments.
November 1, 2012 |
Taylor Swift is on the cover of the December issue of Cosmopolitan, and inside she talks about what she does and doesn't want in romance. Unfortunately, the cover type deems her "Crazy for a Kennedy. " But since it went to press, she broke up with Conor Kennedy. So listen up, guys. The magazine hits newsstands Nov. 6. [Cosmopolitan] Ellen DeGeneres dressed up on her Halloween show as Sofia Vergara, wearing a copy of the Zuhair Murad dress in which the actress had a wardrobe malfunction at the Emmys.
September 28, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM - A few years ago, even before his design for an addition to the Stedelijk Museum was under construction, the Dutch architect Mels Crouwel began comparing the new wing to a giant bathtub. As PR gestures go, this was an odd one. The public uses nicknames for unusual-looking buildings all the time, often as a way to make sense of a design that strikes them as radical. But it's rare to hear an architect embrace one - especially before a project is finished, or when the nickname in question is so cheekily antiheroic.
July 26, 2012 |
The Bathtub is a place of myths and wonders, a broken down teardrop of Louisiana marsh and mud in"Beasts of the Southern Wild"and the setting for an extraordinary new drama whose fierceness, like its 6-year-old heroine Hushpuppy, grabs on and won't let go. Director Benh Zeitlin and his co-writer Lucy Alibar, a playwright whose "Juicy and Delicious" was the inspiration, have created characters that are wondrously indelible, distinctive of voice and...
June 17, 2012 |
ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. - This sliver of marshland in the Louisiana bayou would inspire most people to make a U-turn, not a movie. Members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha tribe and local Cajuns have called this swampy spit about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans home for generations, but their numbers are shrinking as rapidly as the island itself. Erosion is swallowing the soil, saltwater intrusion is killing the cypress trees and the island's wooden houses and bridges are toppling into the brackish water.
May 16, 2012 |
Just hours after saying "I do," Estrella Carrera was found stabbed to death in her Chicago-area bathtub, still wearing the glittery, sequined dress she wore at her cocktail reception. A manhunt is now underway for her husband, Arnoldo Jimenez, 30, who is believed to have fled the scene in his black 2006 Maserati. A first-degree murder warrant has been issued in his name, according to the Burbank Police Department in Illinois. He is six feet tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.