Out. No way. Not today.
We went from the highest temp of the winter so far, 53º, to 4º this morning just like that. Whoosh. The widget says it's warmed up to 12º but I'm not biting on that one, thanks all the same. Tomorrow we should get back up to a respectable 20º and maybe we'll hit 32º by the end of next week, the forecast says. Or maybe by June.
Corporations have 35,000 lobbyists in Washington and thousands more in state capitals that dole out corporate money to shape and write legislation....
Republicans, on average, answered one more question correctly than Democrats (5.9 vs. 4.9 correct). These differences are partly a reflection of the demographics of the two groups; Republicans tend to be older, well educated and male, which are characteristics associated with political and economic knowledge.
Pew poll shows Americans a pretty clueless bunch, except young people nail question about Stephen Colbert.
Meanwhile, in other numeric news,things are getting a little blurry in Ohio.
As if James O'Keefe hasn't suffered enough indignity after botching an alleged phone tampering operation at a U.S. senator's office, getting arrested, and being photographed leaving jail, the judge in the case has now ordered that he reside with his parents until the next hearing.
When it comes to Obama transparency, Electronic Frontier Foundation privacy attorney Kurt Opsahl points out that the chief executive told the American public one thing Wednesday night and a federal appeals court another just a few weeks ago.
The issue at hand surrounds lobbying. “It’s time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or Congress,” the president said during his televised address.
But, before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month, the Justice Department argued that it should not have to disclose the names of telecommunication industry lobbyists.
Looking out at the motley crew seated before him for the big speech, the president seemed at times to be pretending that he had never seen these people before in his life. “Washington has been telling us to wait for decades,” he complained at one point, as if he was a visitor from the heartland with a petition that he wanted to deliver if only he could get an appointment with someone on the appropriations committee.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in....
But William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says the animal is "being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania."
Sometimes the best thing to do is just shut up.
Meanwhile Obama, according to this piece from AFP, is going back to "hope" in tonight's State of the Union address and will "explain why he thinks the American people are angry and frustrated," says White House spokesmodel Robert Gibbs. I'm willing to bet voting for him will not be mentioned.
And no, I am not going to predict what the new Apple iPad/iTablet/iSlate/iHavenoidea will look like, except that it will be very shiny. Also it will revolutionize something and make a whole lot of money for Apple. But other than that, I mean.
Monday the temp got above 50º here but it rained all day so it wasn't that much fun to be out and about. Yesterday, though, was partly sunny and got into the mid-40's, and today and tomorrow we're looking at high 30's before the whole thing drops into the 20's again for Friday and the weekend, and beyond. Who knows? It is still January, after all. But a few nice warm days did help break the spell.
"We haven't heard this first hand, but we've heard it multiple times second and third hand from completely independent sources. Senior Apple execs and friends of Jobs are telling people that he's about as excited about the upcoming Apple Tablet as he's ever been."
WASHINGTON -- Succumbing to the insecurities weighing on Democrats after losing Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, another key Democratic senator says it's time to take a step back and embark on a less ambitious agenda.
"I think the President Is going to have to scale back his agenda after we pass health care reform," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in an interview with ABC News.
Democrats, the argument goes, have not been wimpy enough.
Massachusetts marked a sobering milestone last month: For the first time since World War II, the state ended a decade with fewer jobs than it had at the beginning....
Nationally, job growth was essentially zero from the end of 1999 to the end of last year.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. - A Rhode Island meat company recalled 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami yesterday over concerns about salmonella contamination.
While meanwhile, in Washington...
President Obama phoned Senate allies yesterday as two key senators predicted that embattled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be confirmed for a second term.
There's been an increasing amount of spam on the blog for a month or so but until recently it was only happening on posts old enough to have scrolled off the front page so I just let it ride, but one or two spammy comments turned up among recent posts so I've turned on the word recognition thingie in comments in an attempt to keep that at bay. If that doesn't work I will turn on the registration requirement, just so you know. FYI. Etc.
LONDON (Reuters) – International hotel chain Holiday Inn is offering a trial human bed-warming service at three hotels in Britain this month.
If requested, a willing staff-member at two of the chain's London hotels and one in the northern English city of Manchester will dress in an all-in-one fleece sleeper suit before slipping between the sheets.
"The new Holiday Inn bed warmers service is a bit like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed," Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
It’s become so easy to pin financial elitism on Democrats that the morning after Brown’s victory the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee had the gall to accuse them of being the “one party who bailed out the automakers and insurance companies.” Never mind that the Bush White House gave us the bank (and A.I.G.) bailouts, or that the G.O.P. is even more in hock than Democrats to corporate patrons. The Obama administration is so overstocked with Goldman Sachs-Robert Rubin alumni and so tainted by its back-room health care deals with pharmaceutical and insurance companies that conservative politicians, Brown included, can masquerade shamelessly as the populist alternative.