By day, Portland’s Grant Chisholm sells retro furniture. By night, he stalks the streets railing against the sin of “homosex”
It’s Cyber Monday and Grant Chisholm is manning his retro-cool vintage furniture store, Grant Michael Industrial Antiques, in Portland, Oregon. “A lot of people send me hate mail,” he says. “I just received some hate mail from someone who said they were going to protest my store.” His store doesn’t offer much to protest, unless you really don’t like a “1930's bowling alley wood top repurposed and refinished on an industrial, cotton mill, roll cart base.
Inspired by the values of the old South and fueled by corporate money, the Tea Party scorns compromise and leaves us again a house divided.
The historian Jill Lepore wrote recently in The New Yorker that a study by political scientists of congressional roll-call votes going back to 1789, together with longitudinal poll results and voter interviews, found that the electorate and its representatives are more polarized today than at any time since the South seceded.It is no accident that the passions aroused by secession are still with us today since the issues raised by the War of the Rebellion, as it was called, have never been fully resolved.
If we’re all equal, then no one is special, which sits well with almost no one.
It is an open question whether history will some day record that a website named Gawker published a “long” essay by a writer named Tom Scocca on the topic of snark and smarm. The essay struck enough of a nerve in the right circle that, at the instant I am writing these words, there are tweets on the Internet explaining that the word smarm has just been trending on Twitter in Brooklyn.Assuming we all know what snark is, smarm, Scocca explains, is a sort of pious secular jihad against snark—all moralizing sincerity, a type of performance art in which whatever is not uplifting and “positive” is scolded as a hit on us all.
The economy added 203,000 jobs in November, according to today’s data—and the unemployment rate dipped for the right reasons. There’s just one downside: stubbornly stagnant wages.
We’ve learned at least one thing this fall. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the approach of the health insurance mandate isn’t causing companies to fire workers en masse, hold back from hiring, or rush to place employees on part-time status.Quite the opposite. In the last few months, hiring has been ramping up. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 203,000 payroll jobs in November. The unemployment rate, which is compiled from a separate survey, dipped to 7.
Goodbye Aiden, hello Edna! From spicy female names (literally, as in Poppy and Cinnamon) to monikers borrowed from popes and princes, the next big trends in baby names.
Baby names 2014 will see parents reviving family names and long-dormant choices, finding inspiration in literary characters and world leaders, and looking to names to make their children seem stronger or spicier. Our picks for the Top 12 Baby Name Trends of 2014 are:Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor NamesToday’s two predominant baby name trends—family names and vintage revivals—combine to bring back antique names long judged so far out they’d always be out.
The Florida State’s Attorney said a “sexual event” occurred between FSU’s star quarterback and his accuser, but there is not enough evidence to prove it was not consensual.
Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged with rape, Florida State’s Attorney Willie Meggs announced Thursday, citing “insufficient evidence” that a sexual assault had occurred last year.“I know there was a sexual event that occurred,” Meggs said. “One party said it was consensual, the other party said it wasn’t. [We] did not feel we had sufficient evidence to go forward to trial to prove it was not consensual.
Newly revealed recordings of last year’s shooting have incited debate and dredged up tragic memories. But confronting the tragedy might be the only way to achieve real change.
Should the the 911 calls made by people trapped inside Sandy Hook Elementary school during last year’s horrific shooting have been released to the public? This is the question currently being hotly debated in the media. Those objecting to their disclosure, such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, warned that the release of these audio tapes will cause families to “relive the unspeakable tragedy of that day.” Several television networks declined to play the audio on their newscasts.
Following Alec Baldwin out the door, Martin Bashir is the second host to leave MSNBC in the past month. Bashir resignation comes in the wake of insulting Sarah Palin on his show.
Weeks after his controversial comments about Sarah Palin led to an extended absence from MSNBC, talk show host Martin Bashir has resigned his position at the network.In a statement posted to the website Mediaite, Bashir express great regret at his comments and had high praise for network colleagues who stood by him as calls for him to step down mounted.“It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments,” Bashir said.
Released after a controversial court decision, recordings of six emergency dispatches add new layers of grief—and bravery—to the 2012 shooting.
Just as the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, approaches, state police have released recordings of six desperate calls made to 911 as the shooting unfolded.On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire on two classrooms in the school, killing 20 first-graders and six school employees before turning the gun on himself. Prior to the massacre, he killed his mother, Nancy, in their home.
Detroit is declaring bankruptcy while its city council considers contributing public money to build a new Hockey Stadium for the billionaire owner of the Red Wings.
While Judge Steven Rhodes was trying to figure out if the city of Detroit could declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the Detroit City Council was also doing some thinking. Should the council kick in about $45 million of city funding towards the $650 million entertainment complex that would include a residential section and a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings National Hockey League franchise?The city council decided not to rule it out and has a vote scheduled for December 17 on whether to authorize Detroit public funding for the project.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he says he’s not giving up the fight.