"She was hailed by citizens’ groups and awarded honorary degrees. Congress bestowed on her a medal for service to humanity and passed legislation requiring drug makers to prove that new products were safe and effective before marketing them. President John F. Kennedy signed the landmark law that she had inspired, and presented her with the nation’s highest federal civilian service award"
"Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a champion college debater, was largely forgotten. His night was encapsulated by the moment he asked to "jump in on this one" — only to be told there wasn't time."
The first football game of the 2015 pre-season, the Hall of Fame Game (Steelers v. Vikings), is Sunday, only two days away.
“You simply can’t drink every time one of these guys says something silly,” said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy during a Wednesday morning press conference. “We’ve got three candidates who are prone to gaffes — Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Scott Walker — and then a half-dozen obscure goofballs vying with Donald Trump for a little media attention. It’s just a formula for disaster.”
…there was a book on our reading list some time last year called The Girls of Atomic City that tells a lot more of this story. If you didn’t read it then, well, it’s still good.
"It took a steamroller about an hour to crush 9 metric tons of contraband cheese in the Belgorod region. Officials in St. Petersburg were preparing to burn 20 metric tons of cheese in incinerators…"
"The Afghan government whispers that the Taliban leader died years ago. U.S. officials and intelligence experts have doubts, given this would be the third time he died."
I walked past a Jeep dealership this morning and noticed a sticker on the windshield of a new Wrangler: $3,500. Who knew you could get a Jeep that cheap, thought I. No kidding.
Until, of course, I looked more closely and realized that was the cost of the gasoline. Per year. Per freaking year. Whoa.
My first car was a tricked-out 1963 VW beetle. I bought it with every available option (that would be a sunroof, whitewall tires, an AM radio and a little package shelf under the dash on the passenger’s side) for two grand. Two thousand dollars. And I took out a three-year loan.
Should have bought a dozen.
"The former Texas governor is “going to have a very thoughtful conversation about the country and what he thinks ought to be done for the opportunity for this country,” said Jeff Miller, an adviser to Mr. Perry."
"In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror."
[As usual, the New York times is behind a paywall for reading beyond 10 articles per month.]
"It's an anxiety-filled process for a Republican Party that worked aggressively to improve its debates ahead of this election season. Yet with the largest field of contenders in modern memory, organizers say something had to give to ensure the debate in Cleveland didn't turn into a nationally televised circus."
"WE are currently enjoying a master class in the art of political stupidity.…"
According to the New York Times, "Mr. Obama was the fifth-youngest U.S. president when he took office in 2009. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest, followed by John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Ulysses S. Grant."
I’m always amazed that Boston is only 0.5 degrees of latitude north of Rome.
"For modern couples looking to replicate Smith and Sanger’s aquatic ceremony, several of their tricks are well worth noting…"
"Eco-friendly Honest Company’s sunscreen may be “naturally derived,” “unscented” and “non-toxic,” according to the company’s website, but now some users on social media are claiming that it doesn’t work."
Guy has so much money he can’t even count it to ± $10 million?
"For 27 years it's been up there on the flat roof of Mark Gubin's building in the flight path of Mitchell International Airport [in Milwaukee]. A sign painted in letters 6 feet tall tells people arriving here by air: "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND.""
"The hitchhiking robot is an experiment to see how humans interact with robots. HitchBOT previously journeyed across Canada and Germany without incident, in addition to enjoying a three-week vacation in the Netherlands."
Although I did do laundry, so that's about one mile. And I might go to the bank to deposit an $18 check from Verizon. No kidding. When's the last time Verizon sent you money, Bunky?
Otherwise, I've got a book.
“… We recently watched a video in which Rand Paul took a chain saw to a pile of papers meant to represent the federal tax code. We watched another video in which Lindsey Graham put his cellphone in a blender, dropped a concrete block on it and tried to light it on fire.
"We cackled at Scott Walker’s incompetence in the presence of cheesesteak. And we listened to Rick Perry challenge Trump to a duel of deltoids: Which man could do more pull-ups?
"This is the magnitude of dignity being brought to the 2016 presidential contest. And it’s the context in which Trump isn’t surprising but rather inevitable."[Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere bureau.]