Tuesday September 23, 2014
May 14th, 2014
Pharrell Williams should be happy. The singer has had the world’s hottest pop single over the past six months. His Happy has been topping the charts everywhere, from the United States to Bulgaria.
If this bouncy ditty keeps selling, Williams might even end 2014 as happy as Taylor Swift, the most lavishly compensated musical artist in all of 2013. Swift took home $39.7 million for the year.
It was in 1931 that the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "the American dream."
The American dream is not just a yearning for affluence, Adams said, but also for the chance to overcome barriers and social class, to become the best that we can be. Adams acknowledged that the United States didn't fully live up to that ideal, but he argued that America came closer than anywhere else.
Every two-term president since the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951 has faced being a lame-duck upon his re-election. Barack Obama clearly is no exception. With approximately 28 months left in his presidency, the clock is running out as he seeks to achieve a favorable legacy.
Our topic for today is state tourism slogans.
Perhaps that's not what you had in mind. Perhaps you are from North Dakota ("Legendary") or North Carolina ("Beauty Amplified") and are already so self-satisfied you see no reason to worry about the subject at all.
"Some of you may feel that the cormorant does not play an important part in the life of the school, but I would remind you that it was presented to us by the corporation of the Town of Sudbury to commemorate Empire Day, when we try to remember the names of all those from the Sudbury area who so gallantly gave their lives to keep China British." -- from Monty Python's, "The Meaning of Life"
Where’s Charles Dickens when we need him? The novelist, who laid bare the shame of gross income inequality in 19th century England, came up with some perfect names for his more despicable characters, including Scrooge, Mr. Tulkinghorn, and Miss Havisham.
So I’m wondering what moniker Dickens would’ve given to Robert Marcus.
How did your state mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling that gave women the right to keep Big Government out of their uteruses?
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," said Sen. Marco Rubio.
Thus did the Florida Republican undermine his other assertion, to ABC's Jonathan Karl: that he is prepared to be president.
My friends from outside of Los Angeles are horrified. "Donald Sterling is a pig?" they say with surprise. "A racist, ignorant, loud-mouthed fool?" And Jewish, to boot. This is not, my mother would have said, good for the Jews.
No one I know who lives here is shocked at the news. I don't even think of him as Jewish. I think of him as Donald Sterling, the guy who used to crowd the front section of the newspaper with full-size ads praising himself for being honored by his own charities.
The new comedy show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver included a well-deserved riff on the food industry in its first episode. Oliver, who you might know from his work on Comedy Central’s fake news program, The Daily Show, went after two well-deserved targets: Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice and Coca-Cola.
He refers to a court case in which Pom Wonderful took on Coca-Cola for its Pomegranate Blueberry Minute Maid drink that is made of 99 percent apple and grape juice.