Another year, another dreary, partisan State of the Union address, not to mention hundreds of “previews” and after-the-fact analyses parsing the president’s every word. You can find examples of these in this paper and every other; turn on the television and you’ll find talking heads debating whether Donald Trump was “presidential.” Why must we put up with this every January? Conservatives have long hated the State of the Union. We prefer a small, modest government, and to us the State of the Union has too many trappings of monarchy. The president stands above the Congress and the Supreme Court, telling everybody what to do. That is hardly a fit model for a republic. Many liberals, who now must endure being lectured for an hour by Trump, have also come around to the view that this annual event should cease to exist. The Constitution, it’s true, requires the president “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the … [Read more...] about The State of the Union is a tired tradition
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Published: Jan 29, 2018, 3:48 pm • Updated: Jan 30, 2018, 8:55 am By Eric Pianin, Special To The Washington Post With the music of rapper Jay-Z blaring in the background, Marwan Khalifeh, a Washington-area cosmetic surgeon, vigorously plunged a strawlike metal probe back and forth through the breasts of a patient lying on an operating table, as if he were playing a cello. The goal was to reduce the size of his patient’s breasts, an increasingly common procedure for women who decide to change their lifestyle or address a medical condition. And Khalifeh’s surgical room on the 17th floor of a medical arts building in Friendship Heights is arrayed with state-of-the-art equipment, including a laser machine called the Smartlipo MPX that emulsifies unwanted fat. But in this case, Khalifeh was using his surgical talents to shrink the breasts of a 32-year-old man who has suffered the indignities of having a feminine shape most of his life. David, a government contracting … [Read more...] about Is marijuana use a factor in the increase in breast-reduction surgery among men?
Two North Texas brands have joined forces to capture some of the growing $220 billion home furnishings business. Fast-growing Plano-based retailer At Home has partnered with the Fort Worth home design brand Shanty 2 Chic. The brand was founded by two sisters, Ashley Turner, 37, and Whitney Gainer, 36, who taught themselves how to make furniture out of necessity and turned their talents into a profitable business. At Home CEO Lee Bird follows home décor on social media and spotted Shanty 2 Chic a couple of years ago. He was impressed with the brand’s furniture blueprints and design aesthetic. He invited the self-taught carpenters to the Plano headquarters of At Home and asked them what is it that their fans wished they would do. “All the not-so-handy ones wanted them to sell their finished pieces,” Bird said. But these busy moms with eight children between them didn’t have the time for that. (There are nine now.) A partnership was born. About 100 pieces of … [Read more...] about At Home partners with Fort Worth sisters who built a furniture following online
By Tom Krishner, The Associated Press It’s time to get some traction. At any time now, snow could fall over a broad swath of America, and that means your tires need to be checked. Experts say if the rubber is worn, you could slide, crash or get stuck, even in a light snowfall. Depending on where you live and how badly you need to get someplace in bad weather, you might want winter tires. All-season tires might be an option, but they won’t start and stop as well in ice and snow. Experts say late October is a good time to shop for tires and get them installed so you’re ready. Here’s how to figure out whether you need new tires and tips from experts on what kind of rubber to buy: Check the tread depth: Stick a quarter into the tire grooves at several spots with George Washington’s head upside down. If you can see the top of Washington’s hair, you have 4/32 of an inch of tread or less. That means it’s about time to replace your tires. You may have … [Read more...] about Winter tire guide: How to check your tread and other tips before the snow starts falling
Ashley and Whitney say they prefer to design and build furniture one-offs for themselves and post the plans for free for anyone to use on shanty-2-chic.com. And they'll still be doing that. Their latest is a farmhouse table, and the materials to make it cost $65. They started building furniture in 2009 decided to put what they learned online. They soon discovered there was money to make from hosting advertising on their website for building tools, wood stains and other materials. Turner and Gainer also starred in three episodes of Open Concept, their own HGTV show that aired in 2015 and 2016. While the show wasn't picked up, their brand has earned more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, 3 million visitors a month to shanty-2-chic.com and now a retail partner. The beginning The sisters were born and raised in Fort Worth and graduated from Colleyville High School. "Everyone thinks our dad taught us to build furniture, but he left our mom with five young kids and we all learned a strong … [Read more...] about Plano retailer At Home partners with Fort Worth sisters who built a furniture following online