Becomes the first country to legalize marijuana (with sensible restrictions). Here. “Uruguay’s leftist president, Jose Mujica, defends his initiative as a bid to regulate and tax a market that already exists but is run by criminals. ‘We’ve given this market as a gift to the drug traffickers and that is more destructive socially […]
13% TAX FREE
This is stupid and trivial, but — because I may have invented the Forever Stamp (though presumably not) (though I did get to pitch it to a Postmaster General one New Year’s Eve, so you never know) — I’ll tell you anyway: January 26, first class postage jumps to 49 cents. […]
A CONSERVATIVE VIEW OF CONGRESS
This comes from The American Conservative, published the time of the government shutdown. I’m only just seeing it now. It concludes:
. . . I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I hope the House flips to the Democrats in 2014, so we can be rid of these nuts. Let […]
HEALTH CARE FACTS FOX HAS NOT STRESSED 129 million of us have a pre-existing condition and will no longer have to worry about losing or being unable to afford coverage 105 million Americans are paying less for preventive care 105 million Americans no longer have to fear lifetime limits on care 1 in 5 were […]
“It is an honor to be with you this morning,” I began.
(How else could one have begun, facing Communist Party officials across an enormous table in a spectacular meeting room of the Party headquarters?)
It was the first formal meeting of our trip, Dialogue Session I, and I had been tasked with speaking to the […]
I went to China courtesy of the EastWest Institute, founded in 1980 to increase trust and cooperation in a dangerous world.
It was a little embarrassing to be invited along. I had never been to China. I speak no Chinese. I am aware only of the first names (which it turns out are actually what […]
In February, I suggested ETRM at 90 cents as “a new speculation” . . .
ETRM was $4 when its minimally invasive but surgically implanted weight-loss device was pending approval from the FDA. Presumably, people were hoping the data would be good, the device would be approved, and the stock would rise. Instead, the trial missed […]
His name was Tom Bridegroom. For real! His life and love make for one of the most beautiful movies ever: “Bridegroom.” Watch it free on Netflix even if you don’t have a Netflix account. (Why would you not have a NetFlix account?) As one viewer-reviewer wrote:
I’m a straight male (I would totally […]
If I had told you five years ago we would avert depression, rescue Detroit, stabilize the housing market, double the Dow, achieve energy independence, end two wars, avoid two others, kill bin Laden, destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, degrade Iran’s nuclear capability, achieve LGBT equality, sell Plan B over the counter, triple the female representation on […]
Shortly after assuming the papacy — or perhaps as he was headed to the swearing in — the Pope was given a tour. A Vatican steward opened the double doors of an enormous closet and gestured grandly to show his Holiness the raiments he would wear for the various holidays and occasions. To which the […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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