New Yorkers have prided themselves on cleaning up Times Square, routing out the sleazy movie theaters and massage parlors, creating pedestrian streets and bringing more family-friendly theaters and events to the neighborhood. A Madame Tussaud wax museum, a humongous toy store, various traveling exhibitions including King Tut and Lego constructions have all inhabited the area, encouraging parents to bring children to that part of the city. So it was with a great deal of surprise that I observed the topless women on Broadway and 44th street smiling cheerfully as people photographed them and stared at their body-painted torsos. One was a well-proportioned young woman standing in the pedestrian designated street nonchalantly handing out fliers for some event. The other was a middle-aged woman - topless and strumming a guitar on the sidewalk. Passers-by, including children and tourists couldn’t stop gawking at the unexpected nudity on a late September day.
USA Today just published the results of its latest poll on the rolling disaster known as Obamacare. Contrary to what Senator Chuck Schumer predicted at the time of passage—that the more the American people got to know Obamacare, the more we’d just love it—the truth is that we’re hating it now more than ever. Across the political spectrum, from conservatives who warned about the dangerous implications of socialized medicine to labor union heads who pushed for it and now staunchly oppose it, the American people loathe Obamacare and want it repealed—either in its entirety or in massive chunks.
One of the great things about sports are arguments over the greatest players in various sports at different positions. Who is football’s greatest middle linebacker? Bear fans would say Butkus (or Singletary or Urlacher), Packer fans Ray Nitschke, Raven fans Ray Lewis, and Steeler fans lobby for Jack Lambert. For basketball aficionados, the transcendent debate is whether the best center ever is Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain; every hockey fan in North America, not to mention Europe and Russia, has an opinion about the greatest goalie.
When the space shuttle Endeavour was flown along the California coast on the way to its retirement home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles last September, it passed right over my house in the Monterey area.