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386 documents for truculent
  • 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 of amphibian escorting all the more attractive. Depending on the species, [Jim Andrews] explained later, amphibians travel between 600 and 1000 feet during migration. When the weather conditions are conducive to travel, they wake from hibernation, shake off the duff under which they've been snoozing and get moving. But they're cold and tired, plus they're tiny, so walking a distance equivalent t...

    ...Like a truculent 2-year-old, he wouldn't budge. I tried gingerly ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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 dictated by the European Central bank encouraged speculation and, in so doing, emphasized the euro's critical flaw: a one-size-fits-all interest rate. Germany is the obvious savior, but politically there are insuperable problems. Premier Angela Merkel is constrained by both the foundation criteria of the euro and some robust home-town politics: prudent and hard-saving Germans do not relish bailin...

    ... they see as spendthrift, and seemingly truculent, Greeks. No doubt some fudge will emerge, but ...

  • 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 of that long and continuing conflict known as the Cold War. How fitting as well that the same day Mr. Van Cleave died in his Southern California home, the Obama administration was forced publicly to reverse course on its systematic efforts to diminish the direct manifestation of Reagan's SDI program. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced on March 15 that the modest array of U.S. missile de...

  • 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 Korea might not bring regional peace. However, such contacts would yield some insights into an otherwise closed society. With American diplomats unwilling to engage in diplomacy, a working-class restaurateur in New Jersey stepped into the void.

  • 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 Conservative Party to three successive voting victories. She was the daughter of a shopkeeper, inheriting the habits of hard work, tenacity and thrift. After graduation from Oxford, she entered Conservative Party politics. She won a seat in Parliament and by 1970, was rewarded with a Cabinet post. In 1979, she led the Tories to victory and became prime minister. She inherited a nation that was on its way to...

  • 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 seeks our affection like an anxious puppy. Okay, it's not that bad. The Hesses have seen the recent films (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Rushmore, About a Boy, Election, and even Gummo) and with Napoleon Dynamite, they've assembled the bits and pieces of movies about high school losers that will work in one happy, smiling package. So, we've got a truculent, universally despised geek protagonist (shout-out to ...

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