September 25, 2013 |
What does "Green Eggs and Ham" have in common with Obamacare? Ask Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). A sneakered Cruz took to the Senate floor on Tuesday at 2:40 p.m. Though he appeared to be engaged in an epic filibuster to keep the Senate from making a decision on Obamacare, according to Senate rules Cruz must clear the floor by noon EDT Wednesday, when a decision will be made regardless of his remarks. It would appear that Cruz's marathon speech on the Senate floor is ultimately just for kicks.
September 24, 2013 |
Ted Cruz took the Senate floor Tuesday at 2:41 p.m. Eastern time to talk about Obamacare, and he vowed to speak until he could no longer stand. So I guess the Senate is on “Cruz control” for awhile. But I know I also speak for most of the nation when I ask: Just how long can Cruz talk before he falls down? (I also want to know if he's wearing one of those astronaut diapers, but probably that's just the nosy journalist in me and not something the rest of the country is interested in.)
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September 20, 2013 |
Cool guy, that new pope. Wish those House Republicans would spend some time studying the interview Pope Francis gave to the Italian Jesuit journal La Civita Cattolica that was published online by America, a U.S.-based Jesuit publication. They might learn a few things about compassion, priorities and how to be real Christians. Francis thinks the church, to its detriment, is “obsessed” with its battles against abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “The teaching of the church is clear,” he said.
September 19, 2013 |
Here's a website that makes time-share resales easy. With just a few clicks, you can get a vacation for life, one week at a time. Name: Vacatia.com What it does: It's a user-friendly marketplace where you can buy and sell time shares. What's hot: Sometimes it seems as if time-share resale websites have a language all their own. Not here. If you're a newbie, click on the "Help" link for a "Buyer's Guide" and a glossary. I couldn't tear myself away from the "Deals" section.
September 19, 2013 |
I used to be afraid of the Common Core, a national effort to align public school curriculum goals across state lines and provide better tools for measuring what students are learning. I feared the new standards would lead to my students failing and that I would be scapegoated for those failures. But after two years of working with the Common Core in my Boston classroom, I'm a convert. Teachers in California, where Common Core is being introduced, are probably as nervous about the changes as I was. And there's no question that the new standards require major adjustments to teaching.
September 11, 2013 |
Twelve years after the attacks that brought down the World Trade Center, the shelf of essential 9/11 reading remains pretty small. There's “The 9/11 Commission Report,” which I've long considered to be the defining narrative of the disaster (not to mention the greatest government commission report ever written), although for all its deft and nuanced sense of explication, it doesn't tell us much about how things felt. And, of course, there are dozens of works of reportage and fiction -- even Stephen King's new novel “Doctor Sleep,” due out a little later this month, features its own small riff about the events of that September morning, as does Thomas Pynchon's new novel "Bleeding Edge" -- but few have really encapsulated the weight, the magnitude of the tragedy.
September 9, 2013 |
On Cape Cod, where I spent some time this summer, sharks became big business this year. The town of Chatham, Mass., sought to reinvent itself, “casting the shark as a town emblem, T-shirt punch line, and eco-icon,” Warren Cornwall wrote recently in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. “Chatham as a town, I think, has embraced the whole shark concept,” Chamber of Commerce chief Lisa Franz told him. “As long as nobody gets hurt.” On Main Street, throughout the summer, “Jaws” showed at the local movie theater, even as great white sharks were sighted off the beach.
September 7, 2013 |
TORONTO -- One of the hottest tickets for this year's Toronto International Film Festival wasn't for a movie, but for a reading of a movie -- Jason Reitman's live read of Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 classic "Boogie Nights. " Some festival-goers waited outside Ryerson Theatre for more than three hours for a chance to listen to the "Boogie Nights" script being delivered by the likes of Jesse Eisenberg (reading the Mark Wahlberg role of well-endowed porn star Dirk Diggler) and Josh Brolin (Jack Horner)
September 6, 2013 |
In one episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” George Costanza tries to impress his girlfriend by joining a book club. The first book he has to read is “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” by Truman Capote. For George, the novella is a slog: “If it's not about sports, I find it very hard to concentrate,” he says. So he watches the movie adaptation of the novel instead. Most people, in turns out, have done something like that to try to look smarter than they really are, according to a new British survey of 2,000 people.
September 5, 2013 |
Here's another item to add to the "That costs more in Los Angeles" list, and it isn't pretty: car insurance. The 10 most expensive ZIP Codes for car insurance in the state of California are all in the L.A. metro area. L.A. County is also the most expensive county in the state, while Beverly Hills wins the honor of most expensive city in the state to insure a vehicle. The findings are from a study commissioned by InsuranceQuotes.com. "Where you live is playing a big role in the rate you're paying," said Laura Adams, senior analyst for the website InsuranceQuotes.