Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is a collection of sometimes dark, almost gothic tales of midwestern small-town life near the turn of the 20th Century that collectively form one of the landmark works of American literature. And, it's a highly readable book. Available from Project Gutenberg (here and in our reading list) and, surely, elsewhere.
To many football and movie fans, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is a hero, an ordinary kid who overcame extraordinary odds through hard work and determination to become part of Notre Dame folklore.
The Securities & Exchange Commission, however, says Rudy Ruettiger has grown up to become a penny stock promoter and scammer.
There are more than 300 days until the presidential election--and most Americans already wish it was over.
A whopping 70% of respondents polled by USA Today/Gallup said they can't wait for the race to end, compared to just 26% who say they can't wait for it to begin.
Amid the ongoing controversy over the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-walking scandal, the NRA has been pushing a much more outlandish conspiracy theory — that the Obama administration created the program to lay the groundwork for taking away Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.
Wednesday, November 2 8:48 p.m. It took a week for a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship to evolve from sweetness and light to hysteria and police involvement. Called to a Valley West motel where they were staying so as to stand by as the man collected his possessions, an officer found that he had already done so and the woman had been banned from the premises.
11:22 p.m. The conflicted couple was reported arguing in a Valley West parking lot, but within minutes had migrated to another nearby motel to continue negotiations.
Thursday, November 3 2:42 a.m. The same motel called about guests making a lot of noise in Room 133. They were evicted.
10:03 a.m. Police were called to a Valley West motel where an aggressive man in Room 122 had been acting violent and threatening the staff. He had to go, but the woman was allowed to stay.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – It’s been 32 weeks since the first Republican presidential debate. Since then, a changing cast of contenders has faced off a dozen times across the country with millions watching at home.…
USA Today - [Barbara Walters] grilled Kris Jenner and her daughters Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian about having no talent. "You don't sing, you don't dance, you don't act. Forgive me, but you don't have any talent," said Walters to the gang.
"But we're still entertaining people," said Khloe.
With voting for the Republican presidential nomination starting in three holiday-shortened weeks…
…the way it works is, the weeks may have holidays in them (is it OK to use the word holidays here, Fox News?) but they are still exactly the same length as every other friggin' week.
Seven GOP presidential candidates meet tonight for their final debate of the year…
[That would be the year 2011, not the year forever, if you were confused about that.]
Abramoff added that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, now running for the presidency, had engaged in lobbying for the government-sponsored mortgage bank Freddie Mac. Gingrich had claimed he accepted payments of $1.6 million from the bank for serving as a “historian” and adviser. It didn’t seem to help, as the bank later accepted more than $72 billion in taxpayer bailouts.
In truth, Abramoff said, “Newt and others… say they’re strategic advisers, they say they’re giving general world vision views to these people, but [lobbying] is exactly what they’re doing.”
Think Progress - Federal imprisonment for unpaid debt has been illegal in the U.S. since 1833.…But as more Americans struggle to pay their bills in the wake of the recession, collection agencies are using harsher methods to get their money, ushering in the return of debtor’s prisons.
The Commission has launched an Open Data Strategy for Europe, which is expected to deliver a €40 billion boost to the EU’s economy each year. Europe’s public administrations are sitting on a goldmine of unrealised economic potential: the large volumes of information collected by numerous public authorities and services. Member States such as the United Kingdom and France are already demonstrating this value.
Take all that government information and sell it, baby, sell it.
If you thought the U.S. housing market couldn't get much worse, think again.
Far fewer homes have been sold over the past five years than previously estimated, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday.…
The Mint says there are enough $1 coins sitting in Federal Reserve vaults to meet demand for a decade, and the inventory was on track to hit two billion by 2016.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday that President Barack Obama should have ordered an “air strike” on Iran after they recently captured a U.S. drone.
Obama gets Carterized by a crisis in Iran. And as you may recall, in the case of the Iran hostage crisis at the end of Carter's term, it turned out the R's were playing footsie with the Iranians behind the curtains all along.
Now, Iran wants an apology (for a U.S. drone flying, intentionally or otherwise, into its airspace), which makes it all the better. You can just imagine how "Obama apologizes to Iran" goes down with the wackadoodles, right?
Honestly the stunt seems to be an expensive way to promote free iPhone cases, but it is rather amusing to watch the device burn down into a smoldering heap of melted components. Even more, the tablet actually displays the message "temperature is too high" as the molten rock digests its outset shell and glass.
According to WSVN, the man's fellow officers said they'd "never seen anything like it before." Officials are still investigating what caused the incident.
There seems to be a lot of talk these days about what is fair, and what is not. President Obama seems to believe life should be fair – that “everybody should have a fair shake.”...
(And you know where the rest of this is going, right?)
Donald Trump spent this morning huffing and puffing the attempting to give his fizzling debate a last breath of relevancy by claiming credit for Romney's sagging numbers. Trump called into Fox & Friends on Monday morning spouting off about Romney's numbers were sagging because he turned down the debate and, of course, that Gingrich's are skyrocketing for saying yes.
Health insurers bank on poorly informed consumers, writes Senior Analyst Wendell Potter. He says the industry and its allies are lobbying the Obama administration to ignore the new health law’s requirement for clearer policy information, arguing that to comply will cost millions of dollars that insurers would have to pass on to consumers.
This week conservatives got all hot and bothered over bestiality – which they condemn, of course, but just can’t stop talking about.
Last week, the Senate voted to repeal an archaic military ban on sodomy that happens to also reference sex with animals.…right-wingers were quick to announce that the repeal of Article 125 meant bestiality was being legalized in the military.