"Wall Street got its swagger back not long after the bailout, which is no surprise. Its culture is built on greed and ego. What is more surprising is how quickly Congress again became Wall Street's errand boy."
"The bill got tied up amid bickering between Republicans who control both the state House and Senate, and only passed once lawmakers agreed to remove the Capitol complex from the areas where permit holders could be armed."
"The United Fellowship Center’s plans are nearly identical to those of The Social Club but with some different labels. The dance floor has become the sanctuary. Two rooms labeled ‘dungeon’ are now ‘choir’ and ‘handbells.’ Forty-nine small, private rooms remain, but most of them have become prayer rooms."
"WASHINGTON — A senior Obama administration official said Thursday that the United States was looking for ways to speed up United States bombing attacks on Islamic State militants, including a plan to train Iraqi troops to spot targets for American airstrikes."
"All over the United States, local governments are coercing individuals and organizations to stop helping their least-well-off neighbors. The National Coalition for the Homeless reported last year that at least 31 cities had restricted or banned food-sharing. The Washington Post offers examples: 'Late last year, police in Fort Lauderdale busted a 90-year-old World War II veteran named Arnold Abbott twice in one week for feeding the homeless. In Raleigh, N.C., a church group said the cops threatened to arrest them if they served food to the homeless. And in Daytona Beach, Fla., authorities unsuccessfully levied $2000 in fines against six people for feeding the homeless at a park.'"
"One hopes Cook is aware that the two-way wrist radio was itself inspired by the real-life ideas of a visionary who should be as well-known to us as Jobs or Gates."
“Does Shakespeare suck? Ira Glass, the host of the popular upper-middlebrow radio show ‘This American Life,’ apparently thinks so; he tweeted as much after suffering through a performance of King Lear in Central Park."
"Please stand by for this rather breathless scoop: Portuguese sausage-flavored Spam has been developed by Hormel Foods Corp., and the company has chosen Hawaii to debut the new flavor. '
"'Hawaii is getting it first,' Jennifer Nolander, Spam Brand product manager, told TheBuzz. In fact, 'right now Hawaii is the only state that we're planning on selling it in,' she said."
"‘It’s like you’re being driven around by your parents, but you don’t have to hold a conversation with them,’ he said."
" Nothing triggers nostalgia like the sight of a steaming plate of sticky pasta, as unnaturally orange as a nuclear dawn."
"The fast growth of specialized scents in fabric softeners, household cleaners and body sprays has helped make America, and the typical American, smell sweeter and cleaner than ever. Even storefronts and airlines are rigging up scent machines to bathe customers in the companies’ trademarked aromas."
Whew. Good thing I noticed. The H is on the local trash pick-up calendar and no place else.
H stands for holiday, and it shifts all the other days in the week one place to the right. This particular H was Patriots’ Day (in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, Patriot’s day in Maine). Also, of course, it was Boston Marathon day. Yesterday.
"The concept, in development for months as the former Florida governor has raised tens of millions of dollars for his Right to Rise super PAC, would endow that organization not just with advertising on Bush's behalf, but with many of the duties typically conducted by a campaign."
"People hate Superman."
…and second, Batman can’t beat up Superman, that’s stupid.
"Here is the puzzling thing: When Obama began his second term in 2013, he sang a different tune."
"Updated, 11:05 p.m. | Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, appear to have a favorite in the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin."
"For a brief moment in 2009, however, that seemed to change. President Obama, who would promise to link 80 percent of the country to high-speed trains, used his stimulus legislation to award more than $8 billion to the cause, nearly $7 billion of which would go to California, Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio for what were billed as bullet-train proposals.…"
"As part of its effort to help save the planet from the dangers of taking too many baths, the EPA’s WaterSense program is trying to convince kids they should avoid bathtubs in favor of showers, which it says is a far more efficient use of water.…"
"You can add this pathetic attempt by the EPA to brainwash kids into feeling guilty every single time they flush the toilet to the long list of ridiculous efforts the federal agency has made recently to control every aspect of Americans’ lives."
"Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz, and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress."
"Perhaps the most prominent attacker was Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio host, who labeled the move ‘pure, unadulterated socialism, which has never worked.’"
"The Amerika's radio antennae were not large enough to get messages to the ground relay station at Cape Race, Newfoundland, Canada from her distance, and it was common practice for other larger ships to relay messages. As a result of this radio relay, the Titanic actually had the location of the icebergs that they struck one day later."
And, for extra credit, if you haven’t read Thunderstruck yet, now would be a good time.
"The organization today posted online what it describes as ‘an analysis and search system for The Sony Archives: 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and 173,132 emails, to and from more than 2,200 SPE email addresses.’ That’s right. North Korea hacks Sony and steals lots of innocent people’s communications, and WikiLeaks goes ahead and makes them searchable. That’ll protect civil liberties."
"NASHUA, N.H. — Gov. Scott Walker vowed to tackle issues such as national security if elected president with the same ferocity that he’s employed as a union-busting Wisconsin governor."