BALTIMORE, MD — For the month of December, 34th Street in north Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood has been blocked off at night so pedestrians can wander through, often with children and pets in tow. The annual spectacle, known as "Miracle on 34th Street," is aglow for 2019, and those who go will have plenty to feast their eyes on as well as additional attractions nearby. The block is sprinkled with symbols of Baltimore — a flamingo here, a crab there, and the Natty Boh symbol shining bright. Most houses in the 700 block of 34th Street are decorated. Some have themes. For those looking to get blissed out, there's the "Peace House." The "Haunted House" emits a different vibe with illuminated skeleton hands beckoning. The "Chanukah House" is now in its third year. "I've got a 7-foot bear holding a dreidel and a 4-foot menorah," homeowner Joshua Lamont told the Baltimore Jewish Times when he first moved into the block in 2017. A perennial favorite is the "hubcap Christmas … [Read more...] about Miracle On 34th Street In Hampden: Time, Parking, Lights
Imagine that the most widespread, hysterical conspiracy theory in America came not from backwoods rumor mills but from the Ivy League-staffed, megacorp-owned news media. Oh, wait — you don’t have to imagine anything. You’ve been living this reality for years now!The last three U.S. presidents have seen some of their opposition unite under the banner of really juicy conspiracy theories: for Bush, it was that 9/11 was an inside job; for Obama, it was that an ineligible foreign national became commander-in-chief, possibly as a sleeper agent for The Muslims; for Trump, it’s that a hostile foreign power installed an illegitimate president who would do its bidding, thanks to humiliating blackmail material. Those first two conspiracy theories have been beaten down by time and vigorous debate — with experts and institutions meticulously fighting the sexy, imaginative narratives of their opponents. Yet the Russia conspiracies continue to thrive, because the … [Read more...] about Dulis: The ‘Pee Tape’ Hoax Is Finally, Absolutely Dead. It’s Time to Brand the ‘Rushers’ Who Pushed It.
A Time interview lets Cruz identify himself as a Man of the People. Not so fast. There are few words in the political lexicon more frequently misused and abused than populist, particularly in times of strong public hostility toward elites, like the present. Still, Time magazine has truly jumped the shark in publishing an interview with Ted Cruz in which he is encouraged without contradiction to call himself an “economic populist.” If Cruz is an “economic populist,” then the term has truly lost all meaning beyond the pixie dust of rhetorical enchantment. We are supposed to believe Cruz is a populist because he opposes a few relatively small but symbolically rich corporate-subsidy programs like the Export-Import Bank and regulatory thumbs-on-the-scale for the use of ethanol — both objects of ridicule among libertarians for decades. In the Time interview, he leaps effortlessly from the argument that sometimes government helps corporations to the … [Read more...] about No, Ted Cruz Is Not an ‘Economic Populist’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Democrat of New York, announces articles of impeachment for US President Donald Trump during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 10, 2019. - Democrats unveiled two impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump Tuesday, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction in pressuring Ukraine to help him attack his 2020 election rivals. less House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Democrat of New York, announces articles of impeachment for US President Donald Trump during a press conference at the US Capitol in ... more Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP Via Getty Images Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 35 Caption Close Image 1 of 35 House Speaker … [Read more...] about Democrats’ impeachment charges say Trump betrayed the nation
Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Taylor Swift Celebrates Her 30th Birthday Onstage at New York Jingle Ball 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Taylor Swift celebrated her 30th birthday with over 20,000 of her closest friends onstage at Madison Square Garden for iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Ball, hosted by New York City’s Z100. Swift took a moment to thank fans for coming to her party. More from Variety Carlyle Group, Investors in Taylor Swift Catalog, Address Scooter Braun Drama (Sort Of) Hipgnosis Songs Acquires Catalog From Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey Cowriter Jack Antonoff Golden Globes: Taylor Swift and … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Celebrates Her 30th Birthday Onstage at New York Jingle Ball