"I started coming to Iowa last fall," he said. "And I think the fact we are leading in the polls in Iowa shows that when people get on the Cain train, they don't get off."
It's a series of short (eight minutes or so) episodes in an occasionally plodding, vaguely weird yarn about YA invasion of earth, from SyFi, but it's worth watching at least part of because it was made by people who really understand and love black-and-white film. Which makes it a real pleasure to see.
“It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun, that turned into a man and his gun, that turned into a man and his son and his daugher [sic] and their guns,” an orange-and-khaki-clad Perry said.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s conservative critics on Friday blasted his announcement that all US troops will leave Iraq by year’s end, citing worries US archnemesis Iran will fill the vacuum.
Buildings, bridges, and people all get rid of excess energy with characteristic mechanical motions. If you want to collect that energy, you need an oscillator with a similar characteristic motion—the same frequency and a similar amplitude. That means you need a pendulum the size of a building to collect waste energy from the building. Which doesn't seem like such a cool idea. A group of researchers have recently shown how a child's toy—the yoyo—can turn these low frequency vibrations into fast rotational motion, allowing for efficient energy conversion without the enormous size.
Yes, thousands of people have died in bloody unrest from Africa to Pakistan, while terrorists plot bombings and kidnappings. Wars drag on in Iraq and Afghanistan. In peaceful Norway, a man massacred 69 youths in July. In Mexico, headless bodies turn up, victims of drug cartels. This month eight people died in a shooting in a California hair salon.
Yet, historically, we've never had it this peaceful.
“We have been ejected from a country by the people that we liberated and that the United States paid for with precious blood and treasure,” Bachmann writes.
Reporting From Washington—
For a president who promised to end the gunslinger ways of his predecessor, Barack Obama has proven himself comfortable with the use of lethal force.
In the last six months, he authorized Navy SEALs to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. He approved the fatal drone strike on an American cleric in Yemen and dispatched military advisors to Uganda to help hunt down the leaders of a notorious militia. All told this year, he has sent U.S. troops into action on land or in the skies of seven countries on two continents.
Now he has added Moammar Kadafi to the list of enemies eliminated.
The latest global warming results confirm those from earlier, independent studies by scientists at NASA and elsewhere that came under fire from skeptics in an episode known as 'climategate'.
Generations of local skiers have perched atop the slopes of Wilmot Mountain, waiting their turn among the crowd of novices, children and old pros before swooping down to the lodge.
Skiing Wilmot is sort of like skiing a bowling ally but hey, it's right there.
As the Libyan government scrambles to figure out how to bury their dead dictator, curious onlookers with cameras are flocking to the meat store where his body is being kept.
Victor Gruen may well have been the most influential architect of the twentieth century. He invented the mall.
CHICAGO—According to reports from within the Bears organization, pride has somehow been displayed by the team this week following its 39-10 home victory over the struggling 1-5 Vikings. "I thought we looked great out there," said head coach Lovie Smith...
TUCSON, AZ—Though initial calculations showed it to be on a direct collision course with Earth, a pansy-ass asteroid approximately the size of Rhode Island has instead altered its trajectory to avoid the planet by more than 40,000 miles, astronomers at the University of Arizona reported Monday.
As more video has been posted online that appears to show Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi surrounded by rebel fighters before and after his death on Thursday, a senior official from Libya's National Transitional Council told Reuters: "They captured him alive and while he was being taken away, they beat him and then they killed him." Although one video clip seemed to show Colonel Qaddafi under the firm control of the fighters, who were beating him and pulling his hair, the unnamed official said that the deposed Libyan leader "might have been resisting" when he was shot and killed.
Call it a case of the glass 1 percent full versus the glass 99 percent empty. In the short-term, economic data continues to trickle in indicating weak signs of growth — nothing, perhaps, that will change gloomy perceptions of the economy, but still mildly encouraging....
But viewed over the long term, the U.S. economy is a disaster. Average wages for American workers continue to fall, and the steady decline in the overall standard of living for most Americans continues remorselessly.
President Barack Obama, who chose a back seat in Libya as he worked to extract American forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, offered a veiled warning to other autocrats, such as Syria's beleaguered Bashar al-Assad: "The rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end," Obama said.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Herman Cain with a 7% advantage over Mitt Romney in Iowa.
1. Herman Cain 28%
2. Mitt Romney 21%
3. Ron Paul 10%
4. Newt Gingrich 9%
5. Michele Bachmann 8%
6. Rick Perry 7%
7. Rick Santorum 4%
8. Jon Huntsman 2%
(Microsoft's Windows Phone chief Andy) Lees implied that Microsoft would avoid having its users speak commands to their phones in public.
An anti-Gaddafi fighter said Gaddafi had been found hiding in a hole in the ground and had said "Don't shoot, don't shoot" to the men who grabbed him.
Fortunately for all concerned we are not a conspiracy theorist so we do not believe for an instant the timing of Gadaffi's announced capture had anything whatever to do with the visit to Libya of the U.S. Secretary of State only a day or two earlier.That would be a simple coincidence, we are quite sure.
As Bank of America's checking account options go through a transition, avoiding the $5 debit-card fee rolling out next year is set to get harder.
In essence, customers will need $20,000 with the bank to avoid the fee instead of the $5,000 they'd need under options available today.
t all comes down to the fact that Obama, as a sitting president enters the campaign with the full control of the Democratic National Committee and has been aggressively fundraising for it alongside his official re-election campaign. While The Times looked only at campaign contributions, The Post tallied DNC donors as well and found that in aggregate dollar terms, there is still plenty of money coming in from Wall Street to Obama. Including those, they conclude that Obama has brought in $12 million from employees of the finance sector compared to $7.5 million who have contributed to Romney.
Two new additions to our cliche challenge did well - "at the end of the day" and ""you know what," but what was particularly fascinating was support for our long held view that one of the reasons we don't do a good job with public works is because we call them infrastructure.
An “energetic autumn storm” full of rain, heavy wind gusts and waves expected to reach 24 feet Wednesday night has prompted the city to close the Lake Shore Drive bike path.
Pedestrians near the path are advised to exercise extreme caution, if not totally avoid running, cycling or walking near the edge of Lake Michigan, as expected winds and waves can cause wipeout conditions
The audience at Tuesday night's GOP debate was a big fan of Herman Cain's blame game.
The Las Vegas crowd broke into cheers when the presidential candidate repeated controversial comments that Occupy Wall Street protesters should fault themselves for being unemployed.
Clearly, it's time to make pot legal, and declare War on Karaoke.
Where does the Obama Administration see the limits of its right to kill an American citizen without a trial? (The last time I wrote about Awlaki, a reader commented that “Awlaki was a citizen in name only”; but that name is the name of the law, and is, when it comes down to it, all any of us have, unless we want to rely on how charming our government finds us.)
President Obama’s newfound message discipline on jobs and his two-pronged attack on the GOP are providing the beleaguered president with new signs of life not long after many were wondering if he had anything left.
No, it hasn’t produced a single job, and it might not for a long time, if ever, but this is what winning campaigns look like...
Yemeni officials said on Saturday about 24 people, including a son and a brother of Anwar al-Awlaki, were killed in an air strike on an al Qaeda hideout near the town of Azzan in the southern Shabwa province.
"Abdel-Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki was born in the U.S. city of Denver, Colorado on 26, August 1995, and thus he is not 21 or 27-years-old, but just 16," the statement said.
It added the second member of the Awlaki family killed was Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki, 17.
So now there's something new to worry about (in addition to the German satellite that might land on you some time between Friday and Monday)
The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers.
Instead of playing the equivalent of Russian roulette with your child’s Halloween bag size, use the equation below to calculate—with the power of absolute mathematical certainty (wink, wink)—the bag size that’s best for you and yours.
In a bow to Nevada voters, none of the contenders said he wanted to open a proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
When first lady Michelle Obama comes home to Chicago next Tuesday, a group photo with her at a campaign fundraiser won’t come cheap.
The asking price for a ticket to a "family photo reception" is $10,000, according to an invitation to the event. The invitation specifies that there may be a maximum of six guests in the photo.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the Occupy Wall Street movement is “not that different” from some of the tea party protests, his strongest statement yet on the demonstrations spreading across the country.
MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said Tuesday his agency deported nearly 400,000 individuals during the fiscal year that ended in September, the largest number of removals in the agency's history.
President Barack Obama and other top Democrats are parroting the anti-corporate rhetoric running through the Occupy Wall Street protests, trying to tap into the movement’s energy but keep the protesters at arms’ length.
Sidestep (Charles Durning in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
"Essentially they said no to you," Obama told a supportive crowd outside Asheville. Noting that Republicans will now get a chance to vote on elements of his jobs agenda one by one, he said: "Maybe they just couldn't understand the whole thing all at once. So we're going to break it up into bite-size pieces."
A van containing President Obama's teleprompter and podium were stolen from a Virginia hotel parking lot on Monday, according to NBC12 in Richmond.
The biggest thing the President has proposed is a plan to create 2 million jobs. But that’s not nearly big enough. Today, 14 million Americans are out of work, and 11 million more are working part-time who’d rather be working full time.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Kudzu - the "plant that ate the South" - has finally met a pest that's just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called "kudzu bug" is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American farmers.
...and wrong, Bunky...and sorry about linking to the paywalled NYTimes but all you reall need to know is right here in this one paragraph, right here...
Since the beginning of the year, Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee, for which the president is helping raise money to finance his party’s grass-roots efforts, have spent close to $87 million in operating costs, according to a New York Times analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That amount is about as much as all the current Republican candidates together have raised so far in this campaign.
...in which the question arises, what with all the things that are going on right now...folks marching in the streets, assassination squad dispatched to Africa somewhere (oh yeah), Europe threatening to melt, China...well, just China...all these things and more...and who's minding the store? Not that the question is Obama-specific, necessarily...if Goofy were president he'd be out campaigning too, more than a year before the next election and never mind what we're paying him to do, and spending a bazillion bucks to do it and am I sounding a little worked up here? Really?
And another thing. Raising money to finance grass-roots efforts? Efforts that are funded by millions of DNC dollars are not grass-roots efforts any more than the ones the Kochs pay for are. And a tiny mini-scandal blew past a few minutes ago about how #OWS has 300 grand in a bank somewhere and the DNC is talking $87 mil? Come on.
Meanwhile Obama wants to piggyback on the #OWS buzz without, of course, stepping on any actual Wall Street toes, not any big (read, available for making donation) toes anyway.
And it all just crumbles away.
President Obama is against repealing the health law's long-term care CLASS Act and might veto Republican efforts to do so, an administration official tells The Hill, despite the government's announcement Friday that the program was dead in the water.
In the heat of a domestic dispute, a Chicago woman pelted her husband with cupcakes before police arrived to arrest her Saturday night, authorities said....
Several of the confections apparently hit their mark, as the man's head and shirt were smudged with icing when officers arrived, according to a police report.
Obama -- whose poll numbers have fallen over his handling of the stagnant economy and high unemployment -- has voiced sympathy with the grievances of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement but has done so cautiously, not least because of his own economic team's ties to the financial industry.
The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools.
It can be a giddy experience when, on a first date, the lady you met on Match.com turns out to have a tongue saltier than than your Cobb Salad.
If you're a Teabagger, put on your powdered wig and tri-cornered hat for a little history lesson. The original Boston Tea Party, the one from the history books, was sparked by a corporate tax cut for a British corporation....
Harold Camping, whose prediction that Judgment Day would occur in May doesn't seem to have panned out, isn't giving up hope that the end of the world is nigh.
In fact, he says it's going to arrive on Friday.
Here is one E.D. Kain, writing in Forbes:
Still, Adam’s [this would be one Adam Ozimek — see for yourself] larger point stands: if you don’t like the big banks, the best thing you can do as an individual is to stop giving them your money whenever possible. Bank with local banks and credit unions.
And this would be Citibank:
Customers of Citibank were arrested yesterday after trying close down their bank accounts.
And they're still wondering why there are people in the streets waving signs?
Like, for example, National Food Day. Who knew food had a day, right? And it's coming up soon — just a week before Halloween, which is National Pig-Out day. Or maybe that's National Super Bowl Day. National Pig-Out Day, I mean. Next thing you know there'll be a day for water. Oh, wait. And air. And everything.
I wouldn't know all this stuff if they hadn't started putting advertising on bananas. Whose idea was that? On bananas? Is nothing sacred?
Finally, we asked Siri [the iPhone 4s' artificially intelligent "personal assistant"] -- a self-described California native -- "How can I survive the Chicago winter?" And we're not sure we liked its cryptic, somewhat ominous reply:
"I didn't find any places matching 'survive.'"
It is no secret that the relationship between President Barack Obama and Wall Street has chilled. One striking measure of that is the latest campaign finance reports.
Mitt Romney has raised far more money than Obama this year from major Wall Street firms...