NEWS: Profound People, Faraway Places, Silly Things (VIDEO)


Towleroad-roadicon Watch, AFTER THE JUMP, as the eagle gets wings, the eagle lands, and a half-billion souls bear witness to a quiet walk through the Sea of Tranquility:

"The world watched, curious, wondering, aware. Like a sleeper, wakened in the night by a faraway sound. A moment sensed more than understood."

Towleroad-roadicon Barack Obama on Neil Armstrong.

484418_10100167632784556_1171942626_n Towleroad-roadicon From the Armstrong family:

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.

Towleroad-roadicon Anderson's bright new set, courtesy of Boyculture.

Towleroad-roadicon Raging Grannies sing a song for Todd Akin.

Towleroad-roadicon An interview with the fellow who's saving Tesla's lab.

Towleroad-roadicon Frank Szabo, a candidate to become the sheriff of Hillsborough County, in New Hampshire, is a man of unshakeable pro-life convictions. Asked Wednesday about using deadly force to prevent a late-term abortion, he said:

"I would respond specifically by saying that if someone is under threat, a full-grown human being, if they're under threat, what should the sheriff do? Everything in their power to prevent them from being harmed," he said.

I would hope that it wouldn't come to that, as with any situation where someone is in danger, but again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late-term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped.

Towleroad-roadicon The next day, Frank Szabo apologized, and said he never meant it.

Towleroad-roadicon "NOM Mocks California Bill To Widen Definition Of Families." Because tradition's more important than making sure kids have parents.

Towleroad-roadicon The FBI worries about troublemakers at the RNC.

Towleroad-roadicon Obama:

I can't speak to Governor Romney's motivations. What I can say is, he has signed up for positions, extreme positions, that are very consistent with positions a number of house Republicans have taken. And whether he actually believes in those or not, I have no doubt that he would actually carry forward some of the things that he's talked about.

I don't think he'd back off a five-trillion dollar tax cut at this point. He's made that the centerpiece of his economic argument. I don't think that if Congress presented him with some of the items that are in the Republican platform at this convention -- that would, for example, entirely roll back women's control over their reproductive health -- that he would stand in the way. He's said that he would eliminate tax credits that are going to wind producers, even though we've doubled the production of wind energy. I suspect he has to follow through on those commitments.

When I look back on 2008,the promises I made -- I said I'd end the war in iraq. I did. I said I'd go after Al Qaeda and bin Laden. We did. I said I'd give middle class families a tax cut. They're paying, on average, about thirty-six hundred dollars less than they were when I came into office. I said that I'd make sure that every American family would have some security when it comes to health insurance. We got it done. I said that I'd help young people get more affordable college. And we got that done. So -- we haven't gotten everything done that I promised, but a big chunk of what i said I would do, in 2008, we have done. We've got to assume that Governor Romney would do that same thing.