Texas State Capitol
"...In a deal that closed today and was just announced on its web-site, the online City Hall/Travis County politics publication In Fact Daily was sold today by Cox Communications to the nonprofit Capitol of Texas Media Foundation, founded by IFD reporter (now publisher) Mike Kanin...."
"...Big news on the local media and City Hall beat – online city politics newsletter In Fact Daily has just been sold to the Austin American-Statesman for an undisclosed sum...."
"...Last week, the warp and woof of breaking news forced the Austin American-Statesman to acknowledge the existence of a news provider that had recently celebrated the anniversary of its first year in action, a weekly newsletter called In Fact. Devoted exclusively to city politics and related issues, In Fact is reported, written, and edited by Ken Martin, formerly of the Austin Business Journal..."
"...That dusty old building, whose second claim to fame, after all, came in the form of a supporting role in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, seems newly polished and far more provocative than anyone could have guessed. While Harrigan's talent in reconstructing an irretrievable moment in history is very nearly flawless, and the many factions and plots that crossed paths in old San Antonio bleed deep with poignancy, the true star of the novel is the iconic brown building itself...."
"...On Monday, March 29, Editor Jo Clifton announced that her online city politics newsletter, In Fact Daily, had been sold to the Austin American-Statesman for an undisclosed sum. Clifton announced the sale on InFactDaily.com, adding, "I will continue to report and edit all the news important to your understanding of the workings of Austin city government." The newsletter, founded first as a four-page weekly fax publication in 1995 by Ken Martin, eventually became a daily online journal; Clifton has been its editor and publisher for nearly 10 years...."
"...Last week, in a subtle but potentially significant shift of the Austin media world, the online politics newsletter In Fact Daily was sold by Cox Media Group (parent company of the Austin American-Statesman) to a just-established nonprofit, the Capital of Texas Media Foundation. The Foundation was formed by journeyman IFD reporter Mike Kanin (President and CEO of the foundation, under an independent board), who, until last Friday's closing, also reported regularly for the Chronicle..."
"...Now that the other shoe has dropped in the latest iteration of the school finance lawsuit, Judge John Dietz's writing is on the wall, and despite a pending appeal to the Supreme Court, the Legislature enters the new year with a renewed urgency to the same old mandate: finding serious money to pay for public education. Dietz issued his formal ruling and his extensive Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law last week, and whatever else happens in this litigation, he has made it difficult for the state, and especially the Legislature, to pretend that they are unaware of the actual circumstances and conditions under which our children and their teachers labor whatever their school district...."
"...Natural selection due to competition led to survival of the longer-necked giraffes and their offspring. Eventually, only long-necked giraffes survived the competition." Shouldn't students be taught to distinguish between fact and speculation? No fossil evidence has ever been unearthed showing giraffes with shorter necks..."
"...Maybe the periodical is really just an opinion publication which should be clearly noted in "News" sections. Inquiring minds want to know: Fact or fiction?!..."
"...On Friday, several writers of the genre discussed its evolution, its relevance and pondered whether “science fact” has any place in the discussion...."
"...Dear Editor, WTC Building 7 was demolished. I'm not wondering; rather I know this for a fact..."
"...Perhaps D.A.C. followed Stevens' directions, as he was some three hours late for the show; Nutty Brown is in fact on Highway 290, but is 30 miles away from Manor on Highway 290 West (not East). However, Darcie resiliently shows off her immense knowledge of Austin culture by recommending Chicken Shit Sunday at Ginny's Little Longhorn..."
"...Once again, in every instance, from elephants to bison. In many places around the world, Africa most specifically, the culling is done by commercial hunts, and the funds paid for the hunts are in fact used to help fund the management program..."
"...Below are the statements made on the Galindo mailer, and – based on data obtained through city staff – the actual current facts on the program...."
"...No one could ever accuse Ken Martin of sleeping on the job. But if he accidentally did so, it would be understandable. For the past five years, Martin has been quietly building In Fact Daily, his Web-based newsletter of City Hall affairs, into the premier source of information for those who want to be inside Austin's political scene..."
"..."This is a good detail," Jake Silverstein leans in, motioning at my tape recorder. He tells me that the restaurant we're sitting at, the Eastside taqueria Mi Madre's, is where he ate breakfast every day and wrote big chunks of his new book, Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction, back when he was studying fiction and poetry at the University of Texas' Michener Center for Writers (where we were classmates)..."
"...In what become the most powerful scenes of the film, each of the surviving men in Walden's unit is questioned and asked to reconstruct the events that led to Walden's death. Fact and fiction become blurred as Ilario (Damon), Monfriez (Phillips), and the dying Altameyer (Gilliam) tell their stories..."
"...With the Chaplinesque rhythm of an on-task Santa's workshop, bookstore "elves" silently move books from the stacks lining the walls to Sedaris' pen and then onto carts, which are then whisked away and taken downstairs. Sedaris – cool, calm, and relaxed in a powder-blue shirt and madras tie, despite the oppressive heat and the fact that this is day 15 of a 30-cities-in-30-days book tour – is unfazed by the frenzy that his presence has generated..."
"...“My name is Harvey Milk, and I want to recruit you.” Milk liked to open stump speeches and rallies with that call to action, and it perfectly captured both his large-heartedness and single-mindedness about the fight that defined the last decade of his life – advancing gay rights in San Francisco, the state of California, and the whole of America. Gus Van Sant’s very fine biopic restricts itself to that last decade, when Milk, a semicloseted insurance man living in New York, moved to San Francisco’s Castro district and embarked upon a historic campaign (four, in fact) to become the first openly gay man elected to public office..."
"...Lussier's film is a near-miss as far as genre classics go. There are enough good intentions and writing here to merit more than a curt dismissal of the proceedings, but much of the inherent charm is lost amongst the undead-thieves subplot and the fact that nobody can seem to kill anyone -- even Dracula himself -- without dropping a leaden wisecrack into the mix..."
"...The Farrelly Brothers -- Providence, Rhode Island's answer to global intellectual depreciation -- have long been accused, pointedly at times, of intentionally “dumbing down” American cinematic and pop-cultural values. The fact that these two brothers get a kick out of excessively lowbrow toilet humor -- and the fact that their massive audiences also enjoy this sort of sub-sophomoric humor, in droves no less -- is taken as a signifier that the country is on some sort of massive mental downturn, with projected results of deflated math scores and wanton pie-throwing in the streets..."
"...The story, if you care to know, begins with Mike Dawson (Foxx) and his girlfriend, Rachel (Long) driving through the Arizona desert in a vintage 1957 Studebaker on their vacation. Rachel discovers that Mike blew their savings on the car and tried to hide the fact from her..."
"...Rosenwald went on from constructing centers of education and uplift to building affordable housing for African-Americans in Chicago, becoming a patron for African-American art, and, eventually, saving some 300 relatives from the Nazis. Rosenwald at times seems as though it’s trying too hard to make its subject a bona fide saint (there’s that PBS Effect again) but the fact remains that the schoolrooms that Rosenwald built – those that still remain standing – were declared National Treasures in 2011, a fact I would probably never have learned were it not for Kempner’s engrossing, if rather drawn-out, film...."
"...not good. Point in fact, it’s pretty awful..."
"...Instead, The Sessions is an unsentimental movie about the need for intimacy and human contact. Upon receiving a magazine assignment to pen an article about sex and the disabled person, O’Brien (John Hawkes) faces the fact that he has had no sexual experiences of his own, and, furthermore, the only time he has felt human touch has been while undergoing medical procedures or being bathed or moved..."
"...What the military did to the memory of Pat Tillman, the football player who gave up a lucrative career in the NFL to join the Army and eventually die in Afghanistan, was wrong. The fact that Tillman was felled by friendly fire in 2004 and the military then covered up all traces of that information is a colossal betrayal of trust, if not a criminal act..."
"...In any case, for this, the first nonconcert feature outing for the Montana juggernaut, there was never any doubt that the audience would come. More surprising is the fact that some attention (if not an exhaustive amount) has been put into the thing: Hannah Montana: The Movie is not the nakedly consumerist vehicle cynics like me have come to expect..."
"...Starring: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde and Saïd Taghmaoui. Disenfranchised youths are a volatile bunch, a fact of life made abundantly clear in the French film Hate..."
"...The film is actually a by-the-numbers western cliché. Granted, much of the film is based on fact, but I'm sure the James brothers never said anything like, “We blew guys' brains out and laughed about it,” or “I know I could kill you, I'm just not convinced you'd stay dead,” or “I saw his eyes, his eyes were black as coal.” Lowe is fairly good despite the weak material he has to work with, but his goatee makes him look too much like that Teddy Ruxpin toy and, therefore, he cannot be taken seriously..."
"...These days, when you think of a John Hughes movie, you can think “formula” in all its permutations -- recipe (for making money), blueprint (script), pabulum for infants (or the infantile). I shudder to think how many Home Alones or its derivatives this man is capable of producing (though, there is the fact that Macaulay Culkin is aging and unlikely to be left alone again, at least, not accidentally)..."
"...That's Speed, in a nutshell. If you like action films, and you can get around the fact that Keanu Reeves couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag with the Jaws of Life and a pound of C4, then this, my friend, is for you..."
"...Bound by a contract where he is little more than an indentured servant -- with his family's wages going straight to Master Yu for the duration of his training -- the boy will spend the next ten years of his life learning the intricate, physically demanding art of the centuries-old Peking Opera. Unceremoniously dubbed “Little Big Nose” by his peers, this is, in fact, a very young Jackie Chan..."
"...With plot holes so large you could drive a HumVee through them, this debut film from director Shapiro is little more than a lousy hybrid, one part Fatal Attraction to two parts Lolita, only this time Humbert Humbert writes for trendy Pique! magazine and lives in Seattle (but doesn't everybody these days?). Elwes (fresh off Bram Stoker's Dracula and looking every bit as confused as he did in that film) is Nick Eliot, a bespectacled fact-checker/writer and recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest who rents a wealthy couple's guest house and suddenly finds himself the object of their 14-year-old daughter's budding carnal desires..."
"...Starring: Philippe Bizot, Bien De Moor, Gabrielle Van Damme, Olivier Dechaveau, Bernard Cognaux and Pierre Decuypere. Definitely not for everyone, the very ribald French film Marquis would be pornographic but for the fact that its performers don the masks and costumes of barnyard creatures..."
"...Ivan's story is primarily a love story that revolves around the subordination of his marriage to his love for Comrade Stalin. Still, considering the fact that this movie was shot entirely in Russia, there ought to be enough going on here to maintain more than a passing interest in the story..."
"...They may be right. In fact, the heart of the sexual intrigue is not introduced soon enough in this story of the adventures of writer George Sand, Franz Liszt and his mistress Marie d'Agoult, Chopin, and a chorus of innocent bystanders..."
"...Early on the film relates the troubling and controversial history of the Democrats, the pro-slavery party before the Civil War and then, for the next century, racist advocates of segregation and Jim Crow laws. D’Souza by omission, distortion, and selective inclusion pretends that this is a “history,” while it is in fact an extended editorial ascribing every kind of crime, oppression, and abuse of power to the Democrats...."
"...Our innocent surrogate in this hostile domain is smitten, 16-year-old Jay (Smit-McPhee), who’s fled his wealthy Scottish family in pursuit of working-class crush Rose (Pistorius). As the stoic stranger Silas (Fassbender) describes in voiceover, young Jay is “a jackrabbit in a den of wolves,” willing to pay Silas to serve as chaperone while oblivious to the fact that his new protector falls among those looking to collect the bounty on Rose’s head for crimes committed back home...."
"...That world is a riot of color and gonzo imagining, as if the animators took their cue from a kindergarten class land-grabbing at a Crayola box, delighted to imagine “what might have been” (e.g., flying turtles) and utterly untroubled by “what actually was.” The script may be chockablock with animation tropes – surely we’ve seen before (from the Ice Age pictures, in fact) fathers and daughters butting heads, old crones cracking cantankerous yet wise, and animal sidekicks schooled in vaudeville – but resetting those tropes in an environment this pulsating with surprise visuals makes so much staleness seem fresh again...."
"...One of the interviewees in eco-activist Craig Scott Rosebraugh’s new documentary describes a propaganda technique known as “assertion”: gaining control over an argument by stating an opinion as a fact, thereby putting the opponent on the defensive and forcing him or her to spend valuable time articulating why the assertion is outrageous. This, the interviewee says, is a trick right-wing politicians and pundits use when they declare global warming a hoax..."
"...So what's not to love? For starters, there's the inescapable fact that Ted is, no matter how you stuff it, yet another man-child buddy movie – and all that that implies. The film opens in Boston in 1985, with a plummy narration by Patrick Stewart, explaining how one Christmas young John Bennett, an everyboy outsider, wished his new teddy bear to living, breathing (sort of) life..."
"...There is little doubt this film is the most intoxicating morsel to hit the horror circuit since Scream or, at least, Paranormal Activity. In fact, we'd be surprised if these filmmakers delivered a product that wasn't tantalizing and irresistible – so much so that The Cabin in the Woods received the honorific opening-night slot at this year’s SXSW Film Festival..."
"...Starring: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erlan Tosterud, Johanna Mørck and Tomas Alf Larsen. Fun Fact No..."
"...It’s her last moment of uncomplicated bliss before a brutalizing descent into madness. The dream, it turns out, is prophetic: Nina is tapped early on by the troupe’s manipulative, Diaghilevlike company director (Cassel) to play the Swan Queen, which is in fact two roles in one – the sweet, virginal White Swan, who awaits a true-love kiss from a prince, and her evil twin, the sexually provocative Black Swan, who lures the prince away..."
"...Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Noah Emmerich, Bruce McGill, David Andrews and Ty Burrell. Were it not for the fact that Sean Penn and Naomi Watts turn in a pair of top-notch performances as columnist/politico Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, a covert CIA field operative, Fair Game would have all the gripping suspense of an Urdu 101 class at Langley..."
"...She's an independently minded television producer, he's an neurotic investment whiz, and the two of them are, you know, made for each other. Wally's hip to this fact, but Kassie placed him in the “friendship zone" long ago and continues to view their relationship as strictly platonic..."