I poured through Mitt Romney's jobs plan last night -- it's a comprehensive piece of work, worth a look. Unfortunately, Mr. Romney offers no solutions for our most pressing short-term problem: high unemployment and the weak job growth. And his long-term strategy is based on supply-side measures that have long been associated more with budget deficits and upward wealth redistribution than with job creation.
Even the most notorious anti-establishment figures started somewhere. The John Dillingers, Doc Hollidays and Robin Hoods of the world all had origin stories -- and so does Anonymous. But how did the infamous hacker collective develop? That's one of the subjects of writer Cole Stryker's new book, "Epic Win 4 Anonymous."
Neil Diamond has been chosen to receive the Kennedy Center Honors this year along with some of the biggest names from Broadway, jazz, classical music and Hollywood.
It's tempting to describe the action melodrama "Warrior" as a multi-platform product launch instead of a movie, but that's overly cynical in an age when most commercial cinema can be described that way. Most obviously, "Warrior" is an attempt to update the boxing film for younger audiences by translating it into the world of mixed martial arts or MMA, a theatrical hybrid of boxing, wrestling and kung fu that has generated a massive, media-savvy audience. As such, it's pretty effective: Director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor (of the cop drama "Pride and Glory" and the hockey fable "Miracle") is a strong craftsman in a mode you might call heightened American realism. He gets powerful performances from Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as estranged brothers who wind up fighting in the same Atlantic City single-elimination tournament, with predictable results. There sure is a lot of ass-whipping amid the tween-boy histrionics of MMA (fights literally occur inside a cage; the referee howls, "Let's go to war!"), and while I'm no expert, the bouts look convincing enough.
Rick Perry hates the federal government so much, he wishes they would just go away, completely, except when he needs them to send him bulldozers. Why does Rick Perry need bulldozers? Because he is the governor of Texas, and much of Texas is currently on fire. Wildfires are right now burning thousands of homes, exacerbated by a devastating drought that has persisted all year, despite prayer.
Libyan fighters have surrounded ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and it is only a matter of time until he is captured or killed, a spokesman for Tripoli's new military council said Wednesday.
Soulja Boy is very, very sorry. Ever since his song "Let's Be Real," with its plea to "Fuck the FBI and the Army troops … fighting for what? Be your own man," dropped over Labor Day weekend, the 21-year-old has been scrambling to do damage control. First, L.A. County veterans advisory commissioner Fred A. Flores told TMZ that "He should apologize to ALL armed forces." Then, aspiring rapper and combat vet Sgt. Dunson retorted with an online petition to stop the sales of Soulja Boy merchandise and crafted a musical reply, "Change Your Name." Sample lyric: "You ain't no fuckin' soldier, boy." (The rapper's real name is DeAndre Cortez.)
Tonight a bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls hope to emerge as finalists. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann will battle for the right-wing nut Tea Party finals. Mitt Romney and John Huntsman will position themselves for the moderate right-wing finals. The putative winners in both these rounds will take on each other in the months ahead.
A Pennsylvania speakers bureau is sending out invitations for a lucrative speaking opportunity on behalf of an officially designated terrorist organization, the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) of Iran, according to an email obtained by Salon.
The euro zone debt crisis took another dramatic turn Tuesday as thousands of Italians hit the streets in a general strike, protesting a new round of austerity measures.
When Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the Republican nomination contest last month, there was much hand-wringing over what he might have done differently to capture the imagination of voters. The former Minnesota governor explained on "The Colbert Report" last night that the entertainment factor wasn't long on him -- and that he even considered "shooting sparks up [his] butt" if it meant making headway in the polls.
No small part of the public discourse surrounding Sept. 11, 2001, has been polluted by Truthers -- those who believe that the attacks were an "inside job," or that World Trade Center Building 7 was destroyed in a "controlled demolition," or that the Pentagon was hit by a cruise missile, despite no compelling evidence for any of these theories.
The details of how a bogus test result reportedly shut down the billion-dollar adult industry for a week are still shrouded in secrecy -- but porn actress Dylan Ryan says she understands what the performer, known as "Patient Alpha," must be feeling. That's because she experienced firsthand the terror, and unparalleled relief, of a false-positive HIV test.
Matt Stoller's Sept. 4 essay, "What Democrats Can Do About Obama," was interesting in that it made an "electability" argument against the incumbent's renomination instead of simply repeating well-worn complaints about the president's ideology and political skills. Much as many progressives would like to punish Obama for the disappointments and "betrayals" of his first 32 months in office, his ace-in-the-hole with the left (and for that matter, with unenthusiastic "base" voters) is the tangible fear of a Perry or Bachmann or Romney administration, perhaps backed by wildly right-bent GOP majorities in Congress.
I suppose I seemed a bit too self-assured, strolling into the Family Surgery Waiting room as though I owned the place. I knew to wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes; it was always so frigid in there, and my boy's surgeries seemed to take longer than most. I'd often venture into the gray-white hallways of the hospital, loitering like a familiar vagabond, hoping a doctor or favorite nurse would see me and feign interest in a grain of conversation. Bizarrely, this place had become one of my few social outlets.
If you ask any graphic design student at San Francisco's Academy of Art University to name his or her most-faved teachers, Typography 2 instructor Carolina de Bartolo will no doubt pop up in the mix. In fact, it was her students' encouragement (and their resulting wow-worthy portfolios) that finally convinced de Bartolo to bring her 10-years-in-the-making book idea to fruition. Two more years and a steep learning curve later, de Bartolo can now add author/entrepreneur to her title. "Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting" is de Bartolo's first venture into the world of self-publishing -- and a beautiful, instructive piece to boot.
Throughout the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, Latin was the language of learning and international communication. But in the early modern period it was gradually displaced by French. By the 18th century, all the world -- or at least all of Europe -- aspired to be Parisian.