Rockin' the Oscars
I didn't watch the whole show, so I guess he had some good intros to presenters at least.
The reviews of Rock's performance are mixed, with some good ones and some less so.
The Sport of Politics, the Politics of Sports
[USA Next Chairman Charlie Jarvis] defended the gay-marriage ad by saying AARP's Ohio affiliate had opposed a gay-marriage ban in that state.
AARP says it has taken no position on gay marriage and dismisses USA Next's attacks.
"To win reelection in Massachusetts, he has to run like a moderate as he did in 2002, but to win the Republican presidential nomination, he has to run as a conservative," says one long-time veteran of Republican politics. "He has chosen the right-wing option, which could hurt his prospects for reelection as governor."
The inherent tension between the two roles is one reason some of the governor's own advisers question whether Romney should seek a second term if he plans to run nationally.
And it's why close political observers remain skeptical that he will.
Watching Romney's speech in Spartanburg on C-Span's "Road to the White House" series, you could see just how Mitt plans to craft his image as a national candidate. ...
The goal, of course, was to portray himself as Horatio at the bridge, a fearless Republican badly outnumbered by the opposite party, but determined to fight the good fight for traditional American values and party principles.
He called reporters liars, and pointed to problems in the world he considers much more important than steroids, such as alcoholism and drug abuse.
In Bonds' first public comments since his grand jury testimony was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and reported in December, he had nothing to say about it, citing legal constrictions. But he had harsh words for the media and fans still consumed by the circumstances of his record-setting home run binge.
"You guys are like re-running stories," Bonds said to more than 100 reporters in attendance. "This is old stuff. It's like watching 'Sanford and Son.' It's almost comical, basically. ... Are you guys jealous, upset, disappointed, what?"
You know, there's a sports world -- the sports world is as bad as it is because this is the only business that allows you guys in our office to begin with. You can't just go to Bank of America, walk in the office, start interviewing employees. Just the sports world. Well, what for? Well, we don't want to get into the money aspect of it; we'll leave that to the side.
L.T. my childhood idol, once told me to "F" off. I was 11 at the time.
The decision to market the bear, and to keep doing so even in the face of widespread criticism that its straitjacket and "commitment report" made it insensitive toward people with mental illness, has put the Shelburne-based company under the spotlight among business ethicists and public relations executives around the country.
Tim O'Brien, the executive director of the state Republican Party, accused Reilly of having "completely flip-flopped" on the issue because he needs to answer to a special-interest group within the Democratic Party.
Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's director of communications, portrayed the governor as remaining "consistent and principled" on the issue. "The governor believes that an issue as important as the redefinition of marriage should be decided by the people," he said. "People have been allowed to decide this issue in more than a dozen states around the country. There is no reason for denying the people of Massachusetts that vote."
Though consumers now have an extended grace period to return films and games without extra fees at Blockbuster stores, they ultimately are charged the full retail price of the title (minus the initial rental fee) if they keep it for more than a month. The program, which launched Jan. 1, is now in effect at Blockbuster's more than 4,500 stores in the United States.
According to the Los Angeles Times, several state attorneys general are investigating the company's ad campaign. ...
New releases can be rented for two days, catalog titles for seven. Games can be rented for seven days. If a customer keeps a title seven days beyond those deadlines, Shepherd says, they get reminder calls from the store. A card is then sent in the mail notifying them that the title is due back and that the customer will be charged the full price if they do not return it within 30 days.
If you've got children in their 20s, as some of us do, the idea of Social Security collapsing before they retire does not seem like a small matter.