Strange though it may seem, people seem to love handing their children to politicians…
Really, really rich dirty Commie wants to take away your Constitutional right to shoot squirrels in Times Square, also defend yourself when they come after you with those big butterfly nets of theirs
With little political capital to lose and millions of his own cash to spend, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is determined to check the role of guns in American society.
A 30-second Super Bowl ad featuring Mr. Bloomberg on a couch with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will go a long way toward cementing Bloomberg as the king of gun control as the billionaire turns from attacking transfats and smoking to cracking down on illicit sales of firearms, too many of which he says end up in the hands of violent criminals.…
President #Obama: Assad must halt his campaign of killing. He must step aside and allow democratic transition immediately. #Syria
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…the Romney campaign has fired Brett O’Donnell, the former aide to Michele Bachmann who came on as Romney's new debate coach after South Carolina.
THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument erected to a living language.We all knew, didn't we, writing a dictionary is a monumental undertaking, especially a dictionary of a messy, expressive, continually changing language like English, but we didn't know (believe me, we had no idea) just how monumental until we read Simon Winchester's "The Meaning of Everything," the story of the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED is a book (or more accurately, set of books) on which work began in about 1860 and which has been published in its full, bound, printed glory only twice, in 1928 and 1989. This book is the story of how it was done (and how it's still being done—a new edition is expected "sometime in the early 21st Century," which is more or less pretty soon).
Also, it's a book full of cool, stuffy English stuff, so it's worth reading just for that, right there.
“The banks created the MERS system as an end-run around the property recording system, to facilitate the rapid securitization and sale of mortgages. Once the mortgages went sour, these same banks brought foreclosure proceedings en masse based on deceptive and fraudulent court submissions, seeking to take homes away from people with little regard for basic legal requirements or the rule of law,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.…
Schneiderman joins Biden, Catherine Cortez Masto, Lisa Madigan and Martha Coakley with active lawsuits that touch on the post-bubble conduct that a foreclosure fraud settlement would release liability for, at least with respect to the big banks.
Newt Gingrich is polling very far behind Mitt Romney in Nevada, whose caucuses are Saturday, but that doesn't mean he can't enjoy all the drunken buffoonery the Silver State has to offer. Gingrich played to a happy crowd in a Reno brewery earlier this week -- happy because, as the Las Vegas Sun's Anjeanette Damon reports, they were wasted. When the sound system faced technical difficulties, a man in the back shouted, "It’s alright. We’re all drunk." Friday's venue was even better: Stoney's Rockin' Country in Las Vegas, which offers dance lessons and bikini bull riding.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Friday that he filed a lawsuit against some of the nation's largest banks -- including Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase Bank -- over the creation and use of an electronic mortgage registry system.
If you've been hankering to read a love story about a man falling in love with Siri, the tiny robot voice that lives in iPhone…
This, believe it or not, is a photo of a tooth-flossing party (really) held somewhere in Michigan in the early 90's
President Barack Obama has been abandoned by the world of finance.…
A month ago, we joked when we said that for Obama to get the unemployment rate to negative by election time, all he has to do is to crush the labor force participation rate to about 55%. Looks like the good folks at the BLS heard us: it appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million. No, that's not a typo: 1.2 million people dropped out of the labor force in one month! So as the labor force increased from 153.9 million to 154.4 million, the non institutional population increased by 242.3 million meaning, those not in the labor force surged from 86.7 million to 87.9 million. Which means that the civilian labor force tumbled to a fresh 30 year low of 63.7% as the BLS is seriously planning on eliminating nearly half of the available labor pool from the unemployment calculation.
[Emphasis in original. See link for graphs.]
LOS ANGELES — Several people dressed as movie characters got into a brawl on Hollywood Boulevard that ended with a man dressed as "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Capt. Jack Sparrow being pepper-sprayed, according to police.…
The Los Angeles Times reported that officers were searching the streets after Catwoman, the alien and a second pirate — or at least people in those costumes — fled the scene.
The paper said that in September that someone dressed as SpongeBob Square Pants was held by police after a fracas involving two women in the Hollywood area; a separate incident saw Spider-Man taken away in handcuffs.
Friends, believe me when I say that Wikipedia has a List of Lists of Lists. And, most beautifully, it not only links to a list of lists, but also to itself. This, dear readers, is the information singularity. Wikipedia has attained nirvana.
To review: in the fall of 2008, President George W Bush announced a $17.billion loan, split into $13.4 billion at once and another $4 billion in February. The billions for Detroit were tied tight with all the string that had not been attached to the trillions simply given away to Wall St.…
I was, and still am, a supporter of bailing out the auto companies, not only to save the skins of Chrysler and GM but also to save the vast ecosystem of manufacturers contributing to that enterprise, but the rescue came at an enormous cost to auto industry workers in the U.S. Read the story linked above for more.
(Reuters) - The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in January to its highest level in four months as retailers and financial firms cut jobs, a report on Thursday showed.
Employers announced 53,486 planned job cuts last month, up 28 percent from 41,785 in December, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Well, more delicate, at least.
"I sympathize with these compassionate cases. … I want your son to stay alive on much-needed drugs. Fact is, we need companies to have incentives to make drugs. If they don’t have incentives, they won’t make those drugs. We either believe in markets or we don’t.”
If some people will pay $900 for an iPad, he tells mother of sick kid, why should you bitch about paying $900 for drugs?
What a jerk.
CAPE COD, Mass. -- US treasure hunters have claimed platinum valued at more than $3 billion from the sunken remains of a British ship torpedoed during World War II off Cape Cod, Mass.
…Facebook might be worth 25 shiploads of platinum? Or more? Seriously? More?
The mammoth initial public stock offering values the social-networking giant at $75 billion to $100 billion and has been eagerly anticipated as a defining moment for the latest Web-investing boom.
Yes! And by the way, darlin', that poor Zuckerberg fellow is being forced—forced, we say—to do this and is just not going to have much fun any more, poor guy.
So does all this mean we are well and truly screwed?
DALLAS — The parent of American Airlines wants to eliminate about 13,000 jobs — 15 percent of its workforce — as the nation’s third-biggest airline remakes itself under bankruptcy protection.
The company proposes to end its traditional pension plans, a move strongly opposed by the airline’s unions and the U.S. pension-insurance agency, and to stop paying for retiree health benefits.
AMR Corp. said Wednesday that it must cut labor costs by 20 percent.…
A French court has fined Google in one has to be has to be one of the most idiotic court cases I’ve ever heard of.
(WASHINGTON) — Even as the Obama administration says it's close to defeating al-Qaida, the size of the government's secret list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying to or within the United States has more than doubled in the past year, The Associated Press has learned.
Android users are more likely to be slutty, it transpires – having more one night stands, signing up to dating sites more often and being more likely to have sex on a first date, according to a Match.com survey of single Canadian mobile users.…
On the delicate question of first-date sex, the difference between smartphone-owning singles is statistically slight: 62 per cent of Android them say they’ve had sex after one date compared to 57 per cent of iPhone users - it's the Blackberry owners who stand out with only 48 percent saying that they have.
[YA public service from YA Media Empire]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Snow has been missing in action for much of the U.S. the last couple months. But it's not just snow. It's practically the season that's gone AWOL.
"What winter?" asked Mike Halpert, deputy director of the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center. For the Lower 48, January was the third-least snowy on record, according to the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University. Records for the amount of ground covered by snow go back to 1967.
If you can make your Al Gore jokes in one of those scary European socialist languages—or in Alaskan—go for it, but if you live in the Lower 48 you might as well just play golf. And while we may, of course, still have a substantial blast of cold air and snow in store, it is Groundhog Day, so dreaming is allowed.
Bonus: Nothing is going to make certain relics of our aquaintance [names withheld] feel older faster than talk about snow records that "go back to 1967."
A new congressional report out today found that tanning salons say anything to get customers into their beds, but in order to get this valuable information congressional investigators even went so far as to pretending they were pale teenage girls.
A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.
If Mitt Romney's proposed "self-deportation" for illegals seems like some kind of political joke taken too far, that's because it kind of is. In fact, the phrase comes from a couple of comedians who coined it while protesting a California immigration measure in 1994, and The New York Times Lede blog proposed on Wednesday that they introduced it into the political lexicon for the first time.
Capping off an pretty unstellar three months, American Airlines is cutting between 10,000 and 15,000 and ending its employee pension plan. Union leaders apparently learned the bad news in a meeting today with the airlines top brass to talk jobs, pensions, and benefits after the company went Chapter 11 in November.
But not to worry too much, Atlantic Wire says, because just about every other airline has done the same thing. In the last ten years.
The 2012 election will be the most expensive and least transparent presidential campaign of the modern era. The Center’s 'Consider the Source' project seeks to ‘out’ shadowy political organizations that have flourished in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Stay tuned through Election Day for the narrative behind the flow of money and how the election is influencing a flood of new spending.
Excellent coverage of the money behind the mess is also provided by opensecrets.org.
It is a little irritating, I imagine, to be told that you can't take home a piece of wood from a park because of the risk of interfering with a fungus. Still, at least they get a pleasant response to their inquiries in the UK. Over here, this would probably get you put on a terrorist watch list.
The Ed Sullivan Show" was a TV variety series that ran from 1948 to 1971. It aired on CBS every Sunday night at 8 PM. Virtually every type of entertainment appeared on the show: opera singers, rock bands, Broadway performers, comedians, dancers, sports stars and novelty acts from around the world.
…if you are a geezer, here are a half-dozen episodes of the old Ed Sullivan Show. One, in particular, features a generous selection of the most accomplished operatic singers of the mid-twentieth century. And then of course there's Topo Gigio.
Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul were the top two finishers in Nevada in the party's 2008 presidential primary, and both have maintained their ties to the state and their campaign organizations. That makes Nevada ill-suited to providing rival candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum with the shot of political adrenaline they will need after Florida's vote.
Also, is there any law against eating a chicken sandwich for breakfast? No, there is not.
You really have to find something strange to beat the best airport security catch of 2011 and of course I mean the guy at Miami International who tried to go through security with seven snakes in his pants.
“The American public has no confidence in Congress,” said Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand…
Smartphone owners just can't stop using their phones, even when they are answering nature's call, according to survey that tracked cellphone usage in the bathroom.
Although, Bunky, really, do we have to know this? Aren't Mitt and Newt (but "Barack" is a weird and foreign-sounding name…) efreakingnough? They can't leave us alone, ever, not for a minute? Not even here, in the bathroom? Oh, wait…
"We'll be waiting for them to drop the water-tight money bag tied to a yellow buoy with a flashing light!"
Published sporadically from 1982 through 1991 and distributed for free at Radio Shack
stores, the Tandy Computer Whiz Kids was a series of comic books that featured kids
engaged in exciting adventures, information about the world of computers, and
frequent mentions of Radio Shack products.
In the upcoming recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin faces the first ever gubernatorial recall in the state, and only the third gubernatorial recall in the country’s history. Next to the presidential campaign it will likely be the biggest, most expensive race in the country, costing $100 million or more — and that’s just for one state, compared to the whole country.
Oh right, and Iowa. If there really is an Iowa. Maybe this is the hot new industry—for states that don't have fracking, that is. Having hot elections, having all that rich-guy money pouring in from all around. Wheee. Imagine how much we could make by trying to recall John Kerry.
"I think we need to have a government that respects our religions," Gingrich said. "I'm tired of being lectured about respecting every other religion on the planet."
His solution? Yet another baseless promise for his first day in office. "On the very first day I'm inaugurated I will sign an executive order repealing every Obama attack on religion across the board," he said.
In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta revealed more about the secret process the Obama administration uses to kill American citizens suspected of terrorism without trial. According to Panetta, the president himself approves the decision based on recommendations from top national security officials.
"[The] President of the United States, obviously reviews these cases, reviews the legal justification and in the end says, go or no go," Panetta said.
On Monday, Axelrod tweeted a photo of Bo Obama, the first family's dog, in the back of a limo with the words, "How loving owners transport their dogs."
Why don't we have enterprises named like that anymore, named like Great Indian Peninsular Railway, instead of NASA or Freddie Mac (Freddie Mac sounds like something you'd find in a high school cafeteria, doesn't it?)? Of course, we never did have a Great Indian Peninsular Railway—it was British. But still. Why can't we have one?
And by the way, I ran across someone recently suggesting we should stop talking about "infrastructure" (even Elizabeth Warren does that) and start talking about "public works" again, which is the same thing but a whole lot better. I agree.
A multibillion-dollar business empire that includes agribusiness, mining, insurance, electronic and print media, manufacturing, movie production, commercial real estate, defense contracting, retail stores and banking, the Mormon church has unprecedented economic and political power. Despite a solemn stricture against any act or tolerance of gambling, Mormons have been heavily invested and exceptionally influential in the Nevada gaming industry since the great expansion of modern Las Vegas in the 1950s. Valued for their unquestioning loyalty to authority as well as general sobriety — they are prohibited from imbibing in alcohol, tobacco or coffee — Mormons have long been recruited into top positions in government agencies and multinational corporations. They are prominent in such institutions as the CIA, FBI and the national nuclear weapons laboratories, giving the church a sphere of influence unlike any other American religion in the top echelons of government.
(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich Saturday at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Fox news guy worries people are seeing a little too much of what's going on with Republicans these days
In an interview with radio host Mike Gallagher, Wallace expressed his frustration with having to ask the same questions of the candidates over and over as well as having to hear them repeat the same things about themselves. “Why on earth did they think it was good to have nineteen debates?” he asked, saying “they’re all stupid” and that people are only tuning in for the same reason that some people watch high-speed car racing, because they hope to see a crash.
Does he mean the crash hasn't happened yet? Because if that's the case I might keep watching, myself.