Feature of the Day: Is Gentrification All Bad?
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- Court Hearing Set Over Gay Marriage Ban in VA.
Feature of the Day: Is Gentrification All Bad?
Congress will not be allowed to question the Justice Department lawyer leading an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. In a letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Deputy Attorney General James Cole said DOJ attorney Barbara Bosserman will not be permitted to testify at a Thursday congressional hearing.
“The department’s longstanding policy, applied across administrations, is to decline to provide Congress with non-public information about ongoing criminal investigations,” Cole wrote in his letter to Jordan, explaining that Bosserman will not testify at a House Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The committee had sought Bosserman’s testimony “due to the administration's failure to provide necessary information about its IRS investigation,” Jordan said.
Episode five answered many questions from last week: Is Edith pregnant? Will Mary get another chance at romance? What will happen to Alfred?
Edith is, as we feared, pregnant. As this is no surprise to any loyal fans who know that things always go amiss when it comes to Edith, we all have to wonder just what she will do. It is still the 1920s and illegitimate children are not easily grafted into upper-class society.
Rose’s “surprise” for Cousin Robert’s birthday is none other than Jack Ross and his band. Ross’s arrival causes chaos in the servants’ quarters, but goes uncharacteristically well upstairs. Lord Grantham takes it all in stride, dancing with his beloved Cora. (It is beautiful to see them happy and in love, particularly after their marriage almost fell apart with Sybil’s death.) Later, Mary catches Ross and Rose passionately kissing downstairs, but doesn’t tattle.
Lasers shot into the night sky, blinking lights filled the stands and fireworks burst over the field. At his drum set was Bruno Mars, shimmering gold blazer, skinny black tie, Justin Bieber hair, and all.
Mars preformed the way all Super Bowl flops wish they had. He hit every note, the choreography was stellar, the light show dazzled, and thank God—there were no wardrobe malfunctions.
Well, besides the topless Red Hot Chili Peppers in spandex. It was a little strange. The classy coordination of Mars and his band were replaced by jumping and hollering. Don’t get me wrong, I know plenty of people were thrilled by their entrance, but can we just note that the combination of Mars and the Peppers was just—off? But okay, the NFL appealed to a broader audience.
In the landmark abortion case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his opinion, "at the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life…" In other words, life is all about the quest to craft your own distinct identity. This viewpoint nicely sums up the approach of many contemporary liberals. The problem is that this sort of thinking can cause you to paint yourself into some pretty tight corners. A vivid illustration of this danger is the Salon.com piece entitled "The fight over the 'v' word."
I never thought I would see the day when Bob Dylan would sell cars, but there he was pitching Chryslers in a Super Bowl ad.
How do you feel?
This wasn't the only ad where Dylan made an appearance. His 1966 song "I Want You" was featured in a commercial for Chobani Yogurt.
Bob Dylan has gone full circle from troubador to song and ad man.
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on winning their first Super Bowl title. The Seahawks demolished the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
It was not Denver’s day from the first play of the game when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head resulting in a safety. I guess Manny wasn't being Manny.
While Manning did complete a Super Bowl record 33 passes and DeMarius Thomas made a Super Bowl record 13 catches including the Broncos lone touchdown late in the third quarter, it was a day Denver fans would sooner forget. Manning threw two interceptions, the second of which resulting in a Seattle TD by linebacker Malcolm Smith. A Thomas fumble would also result in six points for the Seahawks. At the beginning of the third quarter, Seahawks wide receiver ran 87-yards from a kick return TD.
This marks Seattle’s first championship in nearly 35 years. In 1979, the Super Sonics bested the Washington Bullets in five games to win the NBA title. The Sonics are a distant memory as they moved to Oklahoma five years ago.
I watched Bill O’Reilly’s second Super Bowl interview with President Obama. In their first Super Bowl interview three years ago, I thought Obama best O’Reilly as he mostly asked softball questions. But this time around, O’Reilly was far more assertive and had Obama on the defensive with questions about Obamacare, Benghazi and the IRS scandal. At one point, Obama told O’Reilly, “O.K., you’ve got a long list of my mistakes.”
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment this morning of an apparent heroin overdose. He was 46.
Despite an unconventional appearance, Hoffman managed to become an A-list Hollywood actor. Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote. He was thrice nominated for a Best Supporting Actor in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt and The Master in 2007, 2008 and 2012, respectively. Hoffman also had roles in films such as Scent of a Woman, Boogie Nights, Patch Adams, The Big Lebowski. Hoffman also performed on the Broadway stage and received Tony nominations for revivals of True West, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman. His most recent film appearance was in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and will appear The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part Two which are to be released in 2014 and 2015, respectively.