'Crap' sells – Nampa, Idaho, residents are a little perplexed when a giant lighted sign that says "CRAP" appears in their neighborhood.
Porterfield holds the Guinness record as the fastest woman in the world on a motorcycle. She drove a motorcycle 232.522 mph on Utah's Bonneville salt flats in 2008.
The Dallas native holds or has held the land speed record in four classes, according to a biography on her website. She'll be appearing at the International Motorcycle Show this weekend in Cleveland.
"To make a good rider," Porterfield told Time magazine during a photo shoot, "It takes somebody who can react to unusual circumstances effectively and stay calm. These bikes are a handful, and they are tough to ride. There is a lack of traction that always comes into effect and sometimes the bike moves around quite a bit and sometimes it can get out from under you pretty fast, so it takes some good calm reactions and a lack of panic when things get a little squirrelly out there on the salt [at Bonneville]."
Some of her records were once held by men. "It's an even playing field," she told Time. "That's one of the things I like about it."
"Racing's a very personal thing, almost a spiritual thing," she said. "It really takes a lot of personal awareness to set the record. It takes a lot of patience, a lot of focus and prep to be able to go that fast. It's definitely not a sport for everyone, and it's definitely not all machine."
State of the Union
President Obama's State of the Union speech will emphasize "winning the future" for America by strengthening the nation's ability to compete in a changing world, according to a Democratic source. Excerpts are expected to be released by the White House a few hours before the address.
Two CNN contributors, Roland Martin and Erick Erickson, offer their opinions on what the president should say:
Martin: "What is needed Tuesday in the State of the Union address isn't lofty ideals but clearly established priorities to get this nation moving again."
Erickson: "I will personally be interested to hear Obama's suggestions for entitlement reform and whether he will lead substantively with suggestions or say he wants reform while offering little on exactly what changes he wants. ... Obama will also need to address Afghanistan."
Watch for who sits with whom in Obama's audience. As members of Congress pair off to show bipartisan unity in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, even Rep. Joe ("You lie!") Wilson plans to sit with a couple of Democratic colleagues during the speech.
The official Republican response to Obama's address will be delivered by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin). To accentuate the GOP's emphasis on fiscal responsibility, Ryan will speak from the Budget Committee room in the Cannon House Office Building. The GOP response will start exactly five minutes after the president leaves the House chamber.
A second response, from the conservative Tea Party wing, will come from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), five minutes after Ryan finishes. Bachmann is the founder of the first Tea Party Caucus in Congress and has been a supporter of the Tea Party since its inception.
Guantanamo detainee sentencing
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani could face life behind bars following a landmark case that made him the first Guantanamo detainee tried in U.S. civilian court. The former bodyguard and cook for Osama bin Laden faces sentencing Tuesday after he was convicted on one charge in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The 36-year-old Tanzanian was convicted by a federal jury in November on a single conspiracy charge to destroy buildings and U.S. property in a pair of attacks that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison but could be handed a life sentence, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.
The best in film are honored in Southern California, while President Obama gets ready for his closeup on Capitol Hill. CNN.com Live will be there when the Academy Award nominees are revealed, and when the president delivers the State of the Union address.
Today's programming highlights...
8:30 am ET - Academy Award nominations announced - Which 10 films will be nominated for Best Picture? Who will be a surprise acting nominee, and who will be snubbed? Those questions will be answered when the Academy Award nominations are revealed.