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  • Newt Pursuit

    I can't say I've ever given salamanders, newts or frogs much thought. If you asked me to elucidate the difference between an amphibian and a reptile, I can't guarantee I'd nail the answer. But the idea of watching the little things hop and slither across the road piqued my interest. And the fact that I would be helping them get some action - I'd be a wildlife wingman of sorts - made the prospect...

  • Lebanese-Syrian Brothers Look West

    The Saade brothers, scions of a Lebanese-Syrian family of Greek Orthodox origins, want to make wines that can hold their own against the most polished examples from Europe or the New World. While most winemakers keep a wary eye on the skies and the critics' scores, Karim and Sandro Saade anxiously watch the news. They have more to worry about than nasty weather or truculent tasters.

  • Burr Still Mining Annoyance and Bringing Up Laughter

    Aristotle said, "It is a comedian's job to hold up a mirror to society and show us its faults. Today, there is no better example of a comedian doing that than Bill Burr who brings his mirror and microphone to Heinz Hall on Sept. 20 for a night of truculent laughs.

  • Frowns Turned Upside Down Ucla Basketball: Happy Bruins Earn Fourth Consecutive Victory to Move Above .500. Ucla 89, Uc Irvine 60

    At a certain point late in UCLA's 89-60 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night at the Sports Arena, it almost looked like Ben Howland cracked a smile. There hasn't been all too much to grin about this year for the truculent head coach.

  • Obama Wants Time; Threats Don't Wait: ; Bad Actors Don't Give Policy Timeouts to U.S. Presidents

    BARACK Obama's foreign policy strategy in this election year might be best summed up by William F. Buckley's famous promise: to "stand athwart history, yelling stop. Wherever war rages, crisis looms, or a truculent strongman glowers, the message from the White House has been the same: "Give me space."

  • Unsung Hero of the Cold War ; William Van Cleave Was the Mastermind of 'Peace Through Strength'

    There's a certain historic symmetry that we mark the 30th anniversary of President Reagan's historic unveiling of his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) within days of the passing of a man who played a central role in inspiring it. We must take the occasion of celebrating the former to honor the latter: William Van Cleave, an unsung hero of the war for the Free World, and most especially the part ...

  • A New Jersey Restaurateur in North Korea

    Dealing with North Korea is one of Washington's most disagreeable tasks. The country is isolated; its political system is opaque; its government is truculent. The United States does not maintain diplomatic relations with the so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Because of Pyongyang, Northeast Asia is one of the world's most dangerous regions. Establishing normal relations with North...

  • Thatcher Survived by Good Qualities

    Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at the age of 87, was the most influential British prime minister in U.S. politics since Winston Churchill. Thatcher was close to President Ronald Reagan, whom she affectionately called "Ronnie." If anything, she was a more effective advocate of free enterprise than Reagan. The first woman to become British prime minister, Thatcher led the ...

  • Across the Pond: The Uk and Ireland Scene

    Cobbling together a diverse set of cultures and economic profiles of varying maturity and saddling them all with an interest rate to suit a Germany imbued with a strict sense of fiscal probity following the 1920s hyperinflation experience was always going to represent a triumph of political, wishful thinking over market pragmatism. Spain and Ireland saw huge property booms as low interest rates...

  • Floating Life

    Hou Hsiao-hsien and his red balloon watch over a lonely mother and son in this soaring Flight Flight of the Red Balloon Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien IFC Films Opens April 4, Paris Theatre and IFC Center BY J. HOBERMAN About a thousand movies ago, I made the truculent, improvable assertion that if Chinese grandmaster Hou Hsiao-hsien were French, he'd be the darling of the Lincoln Plazas. The mode ...

  • Gloomy Amorality; Four Hours of Joyless Sex and Physical Batterings

    Yet the sex in this film is not erotic or even watchable. I'm sure that is [Hou Hsiao-Hsien]'s point, as he examines [Vicky]'s dead-end life, but he has to develop a better way to explore character without turning off the audience. Do you really want to spend half a movie watching [Hao-Hao], a truculent, drugged-out electronic DJ, forcing Vicky to have sex with him--only it is really forcing us...

  • Gulls Gone Wild

    As played by the Icelandic actress Margret Vilhjlmsdttir, Freyja is a woman in her 30s, more of a well-built and smoothly functioning sexual creature than a beauty. Still, she's returned from the United States following the untimely death of her serviceman husband; Freyja's a bit of a scandal, but the glamour-starved townspeople can't take their eyes off her. One of the film's earliest laughs...

  • A Geek's Progress; Nerd Kitsch Runs Wild in This Indie Celebration of Losers Who Won't Quit

    To the credit of the Sundance jury (and the audience award voters), Napoleon Dynamite didn't win any prizes. Not having attended the festival, I'm wondering if a lot of the hype was generated by Hollywood acquisitions people who saw an audience-friendly hit, a familiar genre film that doesn't have anything remotely resembling an "edge." It's a clunky, family sitcom of a movie, one that...

  • Imitation of Life

    Although [Jon Savage] and [Wendy] have long been estranged from their footloose father, Lenny (Philip Bosco, who's excellent), they respond with alacrity when they learn he's hospitalized with dementia in Arizona. In trying to bring Lenny back east to install him in a nursing home near Jon's house, they face such trials of "eldercare" as having to discuss funeral arrangements with a...

  • Police and Army Getting Sidelined

    The military forces comprise the coalition forces, Iraqi police and army, and the popular forces (commonly called Kataib)," political analyst Akram Sabri told IPS in Baquba, capital of Diyala province. "It was found that the local forces are more truculent fighters who can always be relied on. This has made the coalition forces increasingly reliant upon these fighters to the extent that ...

  • Progressive Leadership for the 2nd District

    The county's 2nd Supervisorial District deserves visionary, progressive leadership and State Senator Mark- Ridley Thomas fits the bill. His integrity, intelligence and audacious courage in the face of adversity have enabled him to navigate the truculent political terrain with his principles intact. He has precisely the leadership characteristics needed to meet the 2nd District's daunting...

  • Johnson, Gorbachev and Now Obama

    PUT YOURSELF in Afghan shoes and look at the troop buildup. Imagine you're a villager living in southern Afghanistan. You're barely educated, proud of your region's history of stopping invaders and suspicious of outsiders. Like most of your fellow Pashtuns, you generally dislike the Taliban because many are overzealous, truculent nut cases.

  • Security People, Then and Now, Can Be Clueless

    During my truculent teens, I quite stupidly shoplifted with two friends. Our strategy never failed: Two of us would enter a store, dressed well, with neckties and sports coats. Our decoy would attract store security by strolling about looking like a member of a street gang. The security guards offered the well-dressed team members adoring smiles, which came in handy as we stuffed our briefcases...

  • These Guys Are Characters ; Game's Got Quirky Personalities Aplenty. Then There's Boo

    Long before Tiger Woods took his epic skills to the sidelines, golf had more than its share of personality police caterwauling about the game's supposed lack of colorful characters. } Engaging in a textbook example of sports fogyism, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman joined forces at last year's British Open to knock the current game's dearth of charismatic players. Perhaps one can give a pass to the...

  • 'Corporate America' pays the bills hd

    If waterboarding a man who admits to the truculent murder of innocent women and children is torture, than make no mistake; Barack Obama is torturing our economy. Chrysler doesn't need bankruptcy; like our Somali pirate friends, it needs a bullet to the head. Sprint doesn't need a government bailout; it needs to struggle through stiff competition with the guillotine of Ayn Rand's philosophy ever...

  • Ghost Town

    After undergoing a botched medical procedure, truculent dentist Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) begins to see dead people, all beseeching him for help .

  • Japan's National Memory, and What It Means

    TOKYO - The past is present everywhere, but Japan is an unusually history-haunted nation. Elsewhere, the Cold War is spoken of in the past tense. Japan, however, lives in a dangerous neighborhood with two communist regimes - truculent China and weird North Korea. For Japan, the fall of the Berlin Wall did not close an epoch. Even the Second World War still shapes political discourse because of a...

  • War History Haunts Japan

    TOKYO -- The past is present everywhere, but Japan is an unusually history-haunted nation. Elsewhere, the Cold War is spoken of in the past tense. Japan, however, lives in a dangerous neighborhood with two communist regimes -- truculent China and weird North Korea. For Japan, the fall of the Berlin Wall did not close an epoch. Even the Second World War still shapes political discourse because of...

  • Calamitous Fissures

    The constitutional crisis in Ukraine threatens the country's sovereignty, economic well-being, and American and Western geopolitical and business interests there. Tragically, Ukraine is amidst a tug-of-war between a truculent prime minister and an inept president, and between the divided executive, a chaotic and corrupt legislative and an unprofessional (and possibly corrupt) judiciary. The...

  • Memorial Threatens Japanese Diplomacy

    TOKYO - The past is present everywhere, but Japan is an unusually history-haunted nation. Elsewhere, the Cold War is spoken of in the past tense. Japan, however, lives in a dangerous neighborhood with two communist regimes - truculent China and weird North Korea. For Japan, the fall of the Berlin Wall did not close an epoch. Even the second world war still shapes political discourse because of a...