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Sunday, November 30, 2008

11/30/08- TWD's Agenda For "Sun"Day: The Travel Back Day

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There won't be many posts today because of me traveling back to Boston.

However, later in the day (or night time to be precise), I will have a talk about Plaxcio Burress's stupidity, via The Reel Feel.


(No Pending Schedule today!)

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 11/29-30/08: David Alan Grier Reporting Hilarious Realness With "Chocolate News"

Up until last night, I forgot that David Alan Grier had a new show on Comedy Central called "Chocolate News."

I saw magazine clips for it, and I think I even got a quick glimpse of it from a commercial. From those brief views, I thought it would be a show in the post-Dave Chapelle era that would either fail miserably, or not come close to the heights of that show. Despite Grier always being one of the funnier comedians in my lifetime, and deserving his own show that was long long overdue, "Chocolate News" seemed like it would not usher in anything new or spectacularly funny for it to become a powerhouse like "Chapelle's Show" or "The Boondocks."

Boy, was I completely wrong on what.

Watching the first four episodes with my family last night, and seeing how it is doing in the ratings...............
In its first weeks, "Chocolate News" has averaged a healthy 1.9 million viewers, and Grier has found Comedy Central to be "in synch with us creatively, and for the most part giving us free rein. This has been the experience I've always been in search of."

........, it is easy for me to say that "Chocolate News" looks not only to be the real deal, but with a few more tweaks of consistent brilliance could be a classic show.

Heck, it already is. Take a look, if you haven't yet, at how Grier does his commentary. These following clips weren't even for the show, only it's preview:
The one slamming Rush Limbaugh, a definite five out of five:

The one about lying Ashley Todd, another gut-wrenching classic:

And the one when Sarah Palin was getting out of control on John McCain:

You can check more classic stuff from D.A.G. on "Chocolate News", Wednesday at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central.

Saturday Cartoon Throwback Thread For 11/29/08- I Am Weasel

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Hey boys and guys. We were absent last week, but we are back with this week's Saturday Cartoon Throwback Thread. And this week, it's a suggestion from my peoples, Alex Lawrence.

It's "I Am Weasel."

I was too big on this show, but I thought, since it was suggested. that it still needed shine. And plus, a lot of people liked it, so why not?

The funny intro:

"Fred The Last of the Idiots" mini-skit.

A quick funny segment:

And really, not much else to offer. But hey boys and girls, we needed something for this week. That's SCTT, until next time, stay smiling and HAPPY!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Isn't He Suppose to Still Be Stumping For McCain?

He, as Mudflats said perfectly, just won't go away.

As Cenk said in the video (he is the commentator in the video, and the main man for The Young Turks), he guarantees and fully bets that Joey Ol' Boy here will get that reality show somewhere.

The bigger bet would be, who will get their television show first: Him or Mike Wooten life ruiner Governor Palin?

11/29/08-TWD's Agenda For "Satur"Day: The Siege is Over In Mumbai

Photo from Arko Datta of Reuters

It's over:
Indian commandos took control of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, the last nest of terrorist resistance, on Saturday morning, after a lengthy assault that left three terrorists dead and sections of the hotel in flames, the head of the commando unit said in a televised news conference.
A three day nightmare appears to be over:
It was the third day of a siege that has shaken India, raised tensions with neighboring Pakistan and prompted questions about the failure of the authorities to anticipate the tragedy or to react swiftly enough as it unfolded.
And it seems the Lashkar-e-Taiba group did the unforgivable deed:
American intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Friday that there was mounting evidence that a Pakistani militant group — Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has long been involved in the conflict with India over the disputed territory of Kashmir — was responsible.

It's Saturday, night time on the near end of this Thanksgiving weekend. On a lighter note, here's Luda:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Music Thread #1: The Flashbacks #1- Rick Astley ("Never Gonna Give You Up")

Because of his unexpected, random appearance yesterday at the Macy's Day Parade on the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends float, the first of two flashback videos had to be dedicated to the 1987 classic from Rick Astley, called "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Too funny, and too classic.

He Can't Get A Divorce From Him

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Get this from Politico's Michael Calderon today:
In Michael Wolff’s forthcoming biography of Rupert Murdoch, “The Man Who Owns The News,” the author writes that the media mogul has seemed to turn away lately from his cable news network, and isn’t fond its top-rated personality, Bill O’Reilly.
“It is not just Murdoch (and everybody else at News Corp.’s highest levels) who absolutely despises Bill O’Reilly, the bullying, mean-spirited, and hugely successful evening commentator,” Wolff wrote, “but [Fox News chief executive] Roger Ailes himself who loathes him. Success, however, has cemented everyone to each other."

“The embarrassment can no longer be missed,” Wolff wrote, in another section of the book. “He mumbles even more than usual when called on to justify it. He barely pretends to hide the way he feels about Bill O’Reilly. And while it is not that he would give Fox up—because the money is the money; success trumps all—in the larger sense of who he is, he seems to want to hedge his bets.”

I guess when two arrogant egos (and add in a third in the pathetic Ailes)are around each other too much, disharmony is totally inevitable.

And I know it has a trickle down effect on the comedians at Fixed Propaganda.

11/28/08: TWD's Agenda For FriDay- Madness on Black Friday

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Black Friday brutality, as usual, leads to a tragedy. (Via the recommended diary from trifecta at the Kos).
A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too...I literally had to fight people off my back."

Please, for the rest of your day, be careful out there on Black Friday. This happens almost every damn year. When will people actually learn?


The Agenda's Pending Schedule for this Black Friday will be in the comments section, including updates on Mumbai.

Mumbai Massacre Update, Part 3: The Hostage Crisis Is Still Continuing (The Read International for 11/28/08)

Photo from AFP

The horror is still going on, 36 hours after it had commenced:
Commandos involved in the operation have described the terrorists as "showing no remorse, firing at anyone who moves".

With his face disguised by a scarf and sunglasses, one commando said he had seen around 50 dead bodies in the building and explosives capable of causing "major damage".

The wave of terror attacks began more than 36 hours earlier after small groups of militants, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, entered the city by boat and fanned out.

They burst into two hotels, a hospital and a railway station as well as a cafe popular with foreign tourists, firing indiscriminately and throwing grenades.

Hundreds of people were held captive at the Taj Mahal Palace and Trident-Oberoi hotels, many locking themselves in their rooms or trying to hide as the gunmen roamed the buildings.

The firing has intensified at the Taj Mahal Police, as reports still indicated that there are still more terrorists in that building alone.
The army says at least one gunman is still alive and is thought to be holding a number of hostages.

But Crawford says intelligent sources claim up to six militants are still holed up inside the hotel building.

"At one stage there was firing out of two separate windows. So we knew that was not true early on," she said.

"They (the authorities) appear to have such little control of the situation.

"The situation clearly hasn't finished - a lot of action is still happening and small arms fire is still ongoing."

Explosions are running deep at the Nariman House:
Indian National Security Guard chief JK Dutt gives details of Nariman House aftermath to NDTV: Three of the hostages were found dead on the building's second floor, killed by the gunmen who then moved upstairs. The other two hostages were found dead on the fourth floor, where the gunmen were eventually killed.

The final assault on the gunman from the Indian troops is being reported around, as I have heard on the BBC News America.

As the evidence shows, this is sadly far from over:
Up to 200 people are believed to be still trapped in the hotels.

Sohail Rahman, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Mumbai, said the attackers holed up in the Taj appear to be mounting a strong resistance.

"Earlier it had been reported that security services had been able to take control of the Taj, but there was shooting from the second and third floors of the hotel, from gunmen holed up there," he said.

"Security services fired back but they have now restrained themselves because they believe there are a number of hostages still inside.

"That is quite a surprise considering that a few hours ago it was reported that they had control of the hotel and the Taj siege was over."

Meanwhile, the chief of India's Marine Commando Force said that his troops had come across "12 to 15 bodies" while sweeping through the Taj.

"The [attackers] were the kind of people with no remorse - anybody and whomsoever came in front of them, they fired," the commando said.
More updates to come. For live coverage, go here, to Sky News.

Photo from AFP

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 11/27-28/08: Rick Rolled at Thanksgiving Parade!!!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sports Thread for 11/27/08: Blowouts To Them on NFL Thanksgiving 2008

(Photo from mlive.com)This sign couldn't be more true

Brian van Ochten of mlive.com made a terrific point in column assessing the misery that is the Detroit Lions and their franchise after failing to 0-12 in a 47-10 defeat to the Tennessee Titans today, their worst loss ever on this holiday. This was ion regards to lame turkey coach Rod Marinelli, and how even the venerable but still young Jeff Fisher of all coaches did a classless thing:
It is impossible to sugarcoat the painful fact Marinelli is 10-34, including 13 losses in a row and defeats in 19 of his last 20 games at the helm. It's not as if the team is improving either; it keeps getting worse all the time.

Even his peers show him no respect.

It is a code among NFL head coaches to not run up the score, call timeouts in the fourth quarter of routs or throw needless challenge flags in the final minutes of games -- unless, of course, it involves New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and former protege Eric Mangini of the New York Jets.

In the fourth quarter, however, Titans coach Jeff Fisher tossed the challenge flag on a meaningless 21-yard, tip-toe sideline pirouette by Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Meaningless since the Titans led by 37 points with 3:39 remaining in Detroit's most embarrassing loss of the season.

That is disrespect of the highest order.

I was puzzled when I saw Fisher wasting a challenge instead of just letting the clock run and getting out that building as soon as possible. Then again, the fact that I was still watching the game, with the rest of the family, is already puzzling enough.

Most kids growing up, when seeing this, won't have a clue about how it use to be a cool idea of seeing the Lions on Thanksgiving. Until Barry Sanders retired that is.
And Shannon Shape said it perfectly today on the halftime show on CBS about little ones watching this game, and being possibly inflicted by watching the beating that the Lions took today.

When your most talented and biggest name defensive players in Cory Redding doesn't care anymore, and that was evident today in how both Chris Johnson and Lendall White went over a 100 yards rushing today, it is a testament to how embarrassing this team is. And with their schedule featuring teams in contention for playoff spots the rest of the way, the Lions have a very good shot to go 0-16 this year.

Not as ugly as the Lions, but still pitiful to watch was the Seattle Seahawks today against the Cowboys in the second game of the day. Once again, Mike Holmgren's defense let the team down immensely in their 34-9 shellacking.

Tony Romo had no resistance from the Seahawks' defense from the get go, as Dallas scored touchdowns on their first three drives to set the tone. Romo, in his third game back from injury, faced almost no pressure all day long and played pitch and catch with Terell Owens, Jason Whitten, Roy Williams, or anybody else who wanted to do so.

The win pushes the Cowboys into the final wild card spot as the full schedule beckons on Sunday with an 8-4 record, while the days counting down for Holmgren's departure from the now 2-10 'Hawks is ticking louder and louder.

Finally, Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid and the rest of Eagles got a much needed win against the Cardinals tonight. In what turned out to be the third blowout of the day (and you could even say fourth if you include Texas' demolition of Texas A&M in the college ranks tonight to strengthen their big 12 South title argument), Philly's 48-20 romp over Arizona was spurned by Brian Westbrooke breaking out, and McNabb in vintage mode, making plays with both his feet, and his legs.

In short, Philly was finally able to run the ball. And it also helped that their receivers actually made plays instead of dropping the ball. Nevertheless, the play of the backfield stars made life easier on the defense to apply the pressure on Kurt Warner throughout. And the win certainly saved the Eagles 'season for the moment, as well as the job situations of both Reid and McNabb.

Mumbai Massacre Update, Part 2: It Still Isn't Over Yet (The Read International for 11/27/08)

Photo from the BBC

It seems that CNN's number will sadly be true, as the BBC has raised its death toll number to 110.

And despite that, things are still unsettled:
Some 10-12 gunmen were holed up at three sites in Mumbai nearly 24 hours after a series of devastating attacks in the city, an Indian general said.
Sky Sports is now reporting that the French have 15 to 25 of its citizens trapped in the Oberol, as well as 10 Iraqi people as well. Indian officials have stated that the siege on the Taj Mahal have ended.

By the way, President Bush has yet to issue a public statement in front of the cameras. Shockingly, isn't it?

Mumbai Massacre Update: It Still Isn't Over Yet (The Read International for 11/27/08)

Photo from Associated Press
CNN is now reporting that 125 people are dead, though the BBC is still at 101 for the moment.

One of the terrorists was arrested, and he told the Mumbai police the details of the attack:
Ismail alias Zakiruallah, a Punjabi from Faridkot in Pakistan who was arrested by the Mumbai police on Wednesday night during the terror attacks, is giving interrogators the complete story of how the sensational terror operation was planned and executed.

He has told the Mumbai police that he has been trained by the Lashkar e Tayiba, said police sources while giving chilling details of the most daring terror attack in India that has so far killed 101 people -- and the horror story is not over, yet.

Rediff.com, with help of political and governmental sources in New Delhi [Images] and Mumbai, including from intelligence, has pieced together the government's thinking on the matter.

Later in the article, an unfortunate piece of information regarding a possible lack of preparation for these terrorists attacks was revealed:
As it has happened many times before, according to sources in the home ministry, in the third week of September India had received information from American sources that there could be a large-scale operation within India by the Lashkar e Tayiba. A source in the home ministry also claimed that the Research and Analysis Wing had passed on this information to the Intelligence Bureau and in turn they had sent this information to the Maharashtra police.

Again, some six days later, the information was circulated from New Delhi to Mumbai police that hotels in Mumbai will be targeted by the Lashkar. The police source claims that the name of Taj Mahal Hotel was specifically mentioned. Accordingly, the hotel's security had been increased but in two months time that have fallen into a routine, it seems.

Also, on the basis of vague information the local police has no time to build up the entire case of a possible terror act, says the same source. Since information like this is vague, the police now claims that it is very difficult to act upon it.
And as mentioned before, the story will continue to unfold.

The First New Thanksgiving, For The Rest Of His Life

The President-elect, wishing the nation a Happy Thanksgiving.

Photos via the recommended diary from Al Rodgers at the Kos yesterday.

And last night on ABC, as Barbara Walters does a fine job with this interview:

Another Reason Why This Thanksgiving 2008 is Different From Others

Flashback to just last week of course.

Giving thanks, unless you are Mike Wooten, to Sarah Palin indeed.

Happy Thanksgiving To You, From The Whole Delivery

Sports Thread #2 for 11/26/08: After Maui Victory, North Carolina Will Be Hard To Beat This Year

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It is no question that the Big East this year will be the dominant conference in college basketball this season. When you have at least three of the top four teams in the country, such as Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh, it is a testament to just how tremendous the conference is, from its coaches all the way to even its walk on players.

But the team above those three tonight is not for the Big East of course.

North Carolina showed why they are the sound favorites to give Roy Williams a second title at Chapel Hill, as they dispatched the number four Big East team in Notre Dame, who just isn't your average number four conference team.

The Fighting Irish, unlike their troubled football counterparts, are an elite team and will be a force to be reckoned with in the loaded East. Hence their number eight ranking of course. And in tonight's 102-87 lost to the Tar Heels in the Maui Invitational Final, it can be said that Mike Brey's side was clearly fatigued from their battle with Texas the day before, as UNC had an easy time against at overmatched Oregon team.

Nevertheless, even if Luke Harangody, who was clearly affected with various ailments for the entire day (Brey said he had the flu and an upset stomach), was at full strength for this game, and Kyle McAlarney duplicated his tremendous shooting display, North Carolina was always going to be the better team if they played their best. And that was certainly the case.

The balancing factor in this being true is just a lot at the point guards. With no insult intended to Tory Jackson, who is a quality 1-guard in his own right, really no point guard in the nation is as good with running and slashing than Ty Lawson in the college ranks. With Derek Rose, Jerryd Bayliss, and D.J. Augustine gone, Lawson has a slight edge over Darren Collison and Stephen Curry as the premiere point guard in the country in terms of being a pure distributor and playmaker.

Lawson had Jackson and the rest of the Irish on their heels tonight, setting the pace with his fifth gear speed whenever he had the chance to do so. That made the job easier for Tyler Hansbrough to finally shake off the early season rust from his leg injuries with a dominant 34 point, five rebound, two block shot performance.

With stars Lawson, Hansbrough and Wayne Ellington, the return of stable and efficient backup PG Bobby Frasor from his terrible injury last year, and the talented freshman duo of Ed Davis and Larry Davis II to name a few, it could be another banner hung in the Dean Doom this year.

Music Thread #2 for 11/26/08: With Album Sales Like That, Who Cares About Bad Reviews?

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Unlike Usher, Beyonce' was able to have her fans buy her mediocre at best effort for this year.

By almost going gold in the first week of sells to top the charts, "I Am....Sasha Fierce" won't suffer the same faith as "Here I Stand" despite a CD that was heavily criticized for being another up and down, nowhere near classic effort from the nevertheless superstar figure.

Nickelback had to take second place with their Dark House release, with new American Idol winner David Cook taking the bronze with his debut release.

Even more stunning is looking at how paltry John Legend's sales are at the moment for his acclaimed Evolver .
Chalk another victory for style over substance in the music world.Though John Legend is a pretty stylish dude though.

Mumbai Terrorist Attacks Death Toll Hits 101 (and Maybe Counting)

(Photo from BBC.com)
The situation is still deadly and volatile, as the troops are exchanging gunfire with the terrorists.

For video footage, turn here.

(With much thanks to the BBC, as always).

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sports Thread #1 for 11/26/08: Beleated Congrats To Heroes Verdasco, Lopez and Spain In Their Defeat of Argentina (Davis Cup Final Review)

(Photo from daviscup.com) Jubilee for Spain as they win the Davis Cup on the road, and without Rafael Nadal

Make no bones about it, this was another memorable Davis Cup Final for the ages. And despite the fact that it didn't come to a deciding rubber, it was nevertheless a joy to watch.

That's of course, if you were a neutral or, even better, a Spaniard.

Because of you were an Argentine that day, it was, and still is, a period of national misery.

Without Rafael Nadal, Spain looked destined to remain at two Davis Cup titles, as their counterparts looked poised to capture their first international championship in the city of Marta Del Pata. And that outcome seemed inevitable when David Nalbandian scored his 17th Davis Cup tie victory with a comprehensive beating of David Ferrer in the opener. Ferrer, who whenever he plays Nalbandian usually outworks and frustrates him into defeat (hence Ferrer's 6-3 head to head advantage coming into their match), had nothing, and showed the form that lead to him leaving the Top 10 this year.

Nalbandian's straight set win represented the same belief that almost all pre-tie predictions had stated: an Argentine celebration of epic proportions on either Saturday or Sunday.

And that seemed to still be the future outcome after the first set of the second rubber, when young sensation Juan Martin Del Porto took the first set against the erratic Feliciano Lopez.

But the match, and the tie, turned on its head when Lopez stepped up his game in the second set, and won the tiebreaker seven points to two to even the match. Then, fatigue from a long season started to diminished the energy and quality of play from this year's youngest entrant of the ATP's Top 10. As Lopez leveled increased, del Potro succumbed into malaise. And when Lopez won the third set tiebreak to go up two sets to one, it signaled the direct turning point of the entire weekend.

Lopez won the fourth set and the match, and no aura of inevitability was to be felt the rest of the weekend for the rabid Argentine fans who were out of control throughout the tie with their vehement exclamations to the country that formerly ruled their land.

(Photo from Setanta Sports) Despair etched on the face of both David Nalbandian and Augustin Calleri as Argentina blows their chance to win their country's first David Cup

The doubles match was the weekend's real decider, as Nalbandian failed to gel with Agustin Calleri, giving the lefty partnership (and close friendship) of Lopez and Fernando Verdasco victory in four sets to put the Nadal-less Spanish one victory away from their first final's title away from home.

And Verdasco granted that delightful wish for his country, clinching the tie in the first reverse singles rubber in a five set duel of nerves and attrition over Jose Acasuso.

Demoralized indeed was Acasuso, who blew a two sets to one lead and failed to bring the tie to a deciding fifth match where Nalbandian would have been the clear favorite against Lopez, the unexpected hero of the tie. And the talented shotmaker wanted to console Acacuso, but the defeated player wanted none of that at all, walking off the court in obvious frustration and disgust.

The Argentine crowd, boisterous all weekend long as if the World Cup Final was taking place under their eyes, was still in stunned silence over what they had witnessed. It was for them a tie, because of the absence of the number one player, coupled with the other fact that it was on their home soil, that seemed destined to be there's.

But destiny brought rapture to Verdasco, Lopez, and Spain instead. “This is the most beautiful day of my life,” said Verdasco, after he emerged from the surge of red bodies that had piled onto the court to embrace their hero. “This is the most important match and win of my life. I will always remember this. It’s like winning a Grand Slam.”

It was the third Davis Cup title, becoming the seventh nation to reach that lofty feat. And it was one made sweeter not only by doing it on the road for the first time ever, but for the presence of unexpected protagonists filling in for their usual leading man.

(Photo from DavisCup.com)

Music Thread #1 for 11/26/08: News and Analysis Overload

A much needed catchup on the music scene is needed for the site.

Peace between T.I and Shawty Lo Looks far away from happening:

Dirty Awards 2008 Battle Between T.I. and Shawty Lo from Gyant on Vimeo.

Jay-Z and Coldplay continued their harmony with each other. Britain will be happy to see that especially.

More reason why ANYBODY should want Chamillionaire to succeed. Seriously, the game needs more dudes like that.

The mess that has become K-West on Conan O'Brien last night:

But he, as you may have seen in this interview, and angry with the paparazzi. And something is being done about that.

Actually, a good new video from Ne-Yo, this from his "Mad" song.

Now, can he write a non-love related song. I'm just saying.

Speaking of cliche', here's another Keri Hilson video that really does nothing. And it features another guest appearance from............you guess it? Weezieeee.

More later, because we have a lot to catch up on here.

They Can't Even Get The Holidays Right

The Whole Delivery is heaping praise on the Bush Administration for early preparation on something.

Yes, you read correctly.

I am heaping accolades on the Bush Administration for..............preparing for the Holidays.

But, even in this rare moments of rare moments, they manage to botch even this:

From Think Progress's Ryan Powers, looks like they forgot that those who celebrated Hanukkah don't do it with Maple Forest trees:
President and First Lady Bush recently sent Jewish community leaders invitations to a Hanukkah reception at the White House next month. But as the New York Post reports, the invitations “raised more than a few eyebrows” because the image on them was that of a “Clydesdale horse hauling a Christmas fir along the snow-dappled drive to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave”:

Hahahaha. They just can't leave fast enough, can't they?

At least they didn't have a Kwanzaa Party. That would have been even worse.

11/26/08-TWD's Agenda For The Day: Mumbai Massacre

Photo from AFP

Forgettable. Ugly. Reprehensible. Frightening. Sad.

The links are plenty on the terrorists attacks in Mumbai, India today. The Global war on terrorism continues on.

The Pending Schedule is in the comments section.

TPM's 100 Seconds For 11/25/08

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Read International Midday News Thread For 11/25/08

Photo from AFP(A number of protesters stormed a major Thai airport today.

From the BBC:
1. UN calls for rapid Zimbabwe Deal
2. Iraq jails are apparently overcrowded. That reminds me of one other country. I wonder what country that is? Hmmm.
3. The French version of the Republican Party in-fighting over here has been settled, for now.

From The CBC:
1. No jail For British citizens in Dubai beach sex case.
2. Protesters storm a major Thai airport
3. Youtube is getting bigger. Literally and figuratively.

From Al Jazeera:
1. First Iran, and now Afghanistan is calling for their own timetable.
Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, has demanded foreign powers set a "timeline" for the withdrawal of their forces from his country.

He told a delegation from the UN Security Council that without the timeline he would have to seek a political solution to the Taliban-led insurgency, his office said on Tuesday.

"The international community should give us a timeline of how long or how far the 'war on terrorism' will go," Homayun Hamidzada, Karzai's chief spokesman, cited the president as telling the delegation.

2. Demand for Chinese exports continues to lessen in the midst of the global economic crisis.
3. And read this one about Russian warships entering Venezuela.

The Read International. International news from international sources of acclaim, in just a few clicks.

Kerry and Spector Introduces Landmark High Speed Rail

Photo from indecision2008.com

Thanks to beachmom at the Kos for this story, check this story out from the LA Times about John Kerry and Arlen Specter doing what bipartisan does when it actually, you know, works:
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Senator Kerry and Senator Specter introduced the High-Speed Rail for America Act of 2008 on November 20, 2008:
The High-Speed Rail for America Act of 2008 builds upon the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 which reauthorizes Amtrak and authorizes $1.5 billion over a five-year period to finance the construction and equipment for eleven high-speed rail corridors. It provides billions of dollars in both tax-exempt and tax credit bond and provides assistance for rail projects of various speeds. The bill creates the Office of High-Speed passenger rail to oversee the development of high-speed rail and provides a consistent source of funding.

Specifically, the High-Speed Rail for America Act of 2008 provides $8 billion over a six-year period for tax-exempt bonds which finance high-speed rail projects which reach a speed of at least 110 miles per hour It creates a new category of tax-credit bonds – qualified rail bonds. There are two types of qualified rail bonds: super high-speed intercity rail facility bond and rail infrastructure bond. Super high-speed rail intercity facility bonds will encourage the development of true high-speed rail. The legislation provides $10 billion for these bonds over a ten-year period. This would help finance the California proposed corridor and make needed improvements to the Northeast corridor. The legislation provides $5.4 billion over a six-year period for rail infrastructure bonds. The Federal Rail Administration has already designated ten rail corridors that these bonds could help fund, including connecting the cities of the Midwest through Chicago, connecting the cities of the Northwest, connecting the major cities within Texas and Florida, and connecting all the cities up and down the East Coast.

Now this bill introduced now will again be introduced in the new Congress. If we can get conservative Republicans to sign onto the concept, then this thing can happen. Not only that, I would propose that this is exactly the kind of infrastructure spending we need to stimulate the economy, and it would be an investment we would enjoy for years and years to come.

We'll see what happens, but a high speed rail was long ago needed, and it is encouraging to see it potentially being implemented, or talked about seriously.

11/25/08:TWD's Agenda For The Day- "I Don't Think There's Any Question That We Have A Mandate"

TPM's Greg Sargent reports today:
An interesting moment at Barack Obama's presser on the economy today: He declared in more direct terms than I've heard before that his "decisive" win has unquestionably given him a "mandate."

"We had, I think, a decisive win, because of the extraordinary desire for change on the part of the American people," he said in response to a reporter's question. "And so I don't think there is any question that we have a mandate to move the country in a new direction, and not continue the same old practices that have gotten us into the fix that we're in."

But Obama also tempered his claim to a mandate by acknowledging that he needs Republican help to succeed.

"I won 53 percent of the vote," he said. "That means 46 or 47 percent of the country voted for John McCain."

If most in the media declared that Bush had a mandate four years ago despite over 49% of the country voting against him, then only the fools would call what Obama said today "arrogant" or on a beginning power trip.

The Agenda's P.S. is in the comments section. And just like yesterday, there probably won't be that many posts today.

TPM's 100 Seconds For 11/24/08

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Read International Midday News Thread For 11/24/08: The PitFalls Of Africa's Aid Addiction

Photo from BBC.com

In today's "TRI" thread, another great piece of journalism from the BBC today is offered. This is surly a "must read", and if it wasn't up to that standard, than it certainly wouldn't be apart of The Read nor The Read International.

A real question is asked here, setting the stage for a fascinating article for both an eye opening article and a fascinating special documentary titled "Panorama:Addicted To Aid" on the BBC tonight:
Over the last 50 years Western governments have paid more than £400bn in aid to Africa. But according to figures from the World Bank, half of sub-Saharan Africans still live in extreme poverty. Why has so much assistance had so little impact?
It is a vital question to answer, though the end result will both infuriate you (unless you already understand what the hell has been happening here in that continent).

It certainly saddens and frustrates Sorious Samara, the correspondent and West African native of this gut-wrenching piece:
People often say a nation gets the government it deserves. And we Africans have certainly made some bad choices in terms of leaders, but all too often Western aid has ended up bankrolling them.

Aid has offered legitimacy to corrupt and autocratic regimes, allowing them to hang on to power even when they have lost popularity with their own citizens.

And if I said gut-wrenching before, then I can only struggle to describe this one, for it really hits the soul:
While I was filming in Uganda, local newspaper editor Andrew Mwenda took me and my crew to his home village near the town of Port Loco in the west of the country. There he introduced us to two men, one in his sixties and one aged 26.

"This man represents the tragedy of aid," he said pointing to the older of the two. "While this man represents the potential of aid," he said indicating the younger man.

Mr Mwenda explained that the sexagenarian was the chairman of the local parish council who had spent most of his life living off aid money, supervising projects meant to benefit the community.

Today he is an alcoholic who still lives with his mother.

This article will make you think twice about all that "aid" getting sent to Africa, and how it is really only benefiting the affluent and powerful instead of the deeply impoverished and demoralized.

Other reports from the BBC:
1. This Somali pirate story continues to get more bizarre by the day.
2. Once again, no one here in America talks about Jimmy Carter's humanitarian efforts. Today, Zimbabwe's crisis is what's on his mind, and he ventures off to South Africa.

From the CBC:
1. As Obama is trying to plan on giving the rich a fair tax here, Gordon Brown is doing it across the pond.
2. An additional day has been booked for NASA's Endeavour's mission.

And from Al Jazeera:
1. Israel allows limited aid to Gaza at the moment.
2. Another bombing, and another set of killings today in Baghdad. Sad.
3. Venezuela's election results sees happiness from Chavez, while Mahmoud Abbas became the official President today of the PLO.

The Read International. The Delivery wouldn't be whole without it.

11/24/08-TWD's Agenda For The Day: "We Need To Put People Back To Work"

In his press conference today announcing his economic team, Obama restates the importance of getting people back to work, as the unemployment percentage grows in this suffering that this country is undertaking.

It can't be stated enough that this important campaign promises of his needs to be fulfilled by the people of this nation as well. It is not just his responsibility, but the responsibility of us Americans in total.

The Agenda's Pending Schedule is in the comments section.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Capital For 11/23/08: Bailing Out Fall Street Instead Of Main Street, Again

Gut-wrenching stuff to read from Berkeley professor Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, along with being an economic adviser for Barack Obama.

Once again, it shows how Paulsen and Bernake have sold out this country for their friends once again. Especially the auto industry's workers who have been hurting for years, and look to receive the ultimate blow to their stomachs.
Citigroup was once the biggest U.S. bank. General Motors was once the biggest automaker in the world. Now, both are on the brink. Yet Citigroup is likely to be rescued within days. General Motors may not be rescued at all. Why the difference?

Viewed from Wall Street, Citi is too big and important to be allowed to fail while GM is simply a big, clunky old manufacturing company that can go into chapter 11 and reorganize itself. The newly conventional wisdom on the Street is that the failure of the Treasury and the Fed to save Lehman Brothers was a grave mistake because Lehman's demise caused creditors and investors to panic, which turned the sub-prime loan mess into a financial catastrophe -- a mistake that must not occur again. So, by this view, the government must do everything and anything to keep Citi alive. But GM? GM is just ... jobs and communities.

The Street's view of the world is fundamentally flawed. Banks are important to the economy because they're financial "intermediaries." They connect savers with investors and borrowers. This is a vital function, but there's nothing magical about it. At any given time the world contains a vast pool of money that can be put to all sorts of uses. Financial intermediaries simply link the pool to the uses.

They just don't care about the heart of this country, at all.
Nonetheless, Citi is about to be bailed out while GM is allowed to languish. That's because Wall Street's self-serving view of the unique role of financial institutions is mirrored in the two agencies that run the American economy -- the Treasury and the Fed. Their job, as they see it, is to keep the financial economy "sound," by which they mean keeping Wall Street's own investors and creditors reasonably happy.

The auto industry's big wigs have made some brutal mistakes over the years, primarily with creating cars that are just inferior to their European counterparts in every shape of form. They drink, and drink, and drink more gas, and the GM's, Chrysler's, and Ford's of the world failed to make those alternative energy cars. Instead, they focused more on this ridiculous Hummer's and SUV's, and have paid the price.

But Detroit is angry about this, and the diligence those workers in the manufacturing industry have shown over the years makes this even harder to bear witness to. They are slapping the face of Main Street once again for the greedy fools on Fall Street who only focus on themselves.

11/23/08: TWD's Agenda For The Day: TWD's NFL WEEK 12 Picks (Sports Thread #1 for 11/23/08)

Both Photos From google.com

Crucial Week 12, were virtual "Do or Die" Games are in store for a few teams. Here's James and I, with our IM discussion:
BlazingTerror141 (12:57:18 PM): Aight, the three games of the week
BlazingTerror141 (12:57:25 PM): Dolphins-Patriots
BlazingTerror141 (12:57:48 PM): we both agree, the Dolphins to really end the pats season for good today
jaeddy28 (12:57:56 PM): Yessir
jaeddy28 (12:58:20 PM): Sorry New England fans, but they will bounce back next year
jaeddy28 (12:58:34 PM): Just too much injuries to over come
jaeddy28 (12:59:09 PM): Brady was the beginning, and now Seymour and Bruschi might not play
jaeddy28 (12:59:18 PM): It is over
BlazingTerror141 (12:59:43 PM): All over except Cheery Bill showing happiness in the press conference
BlazingTerror141 (12:59:54 PM): Dolphins with the major cover here
BlazingTerror141 (1:00:18 PM): Eagles-Ravens
jaeddy28 (1:02:58 PM): Ravens-Eagles, something is telling me Eagles
BlazingTerror141 (1:03:06 PM): same here
jaeddy28 (1:03:10 PM): Is it in Philly
BlazingTerror141 (1:03:12 PM): after last weeks embarrassment
BlazingTerror141 (1:03:15 PM): they need to win here
jaeddy28 (1:03:26 PM): Yeah and they get Westbrook back
BlazingTerror141 (1:03:27 PM): plus, through the ravens got embarrassed themselves
BlazingTerror141 (1:03:37 PM): I think with westbrook back, as you said
BlazingTerror141 (1:03:49 PM): the Eagles will plug this out and save their season, for now
jaeddy28 (1:03:54 PM): SO Mr. "I didn't know there was a tie" doesn't have to throw 60 times
jaeddy28 (1:04:02 PM): Yeah for now
jaeddy28 (1:04:39 PM): They might get a Wild Card spot cause have you seens the NFC non-division leaders
jaeddy28 (1:04:45 PM): They have some bad records
BlazingTerror141 (1:05:13 PM): Hopefully for their sake, because i dont wnat to hear any Kevin Kolb rumors
BlazingTerror141 (1:05:15 PM): on the real
jaeddy28 (1:05:34 PM): They might come if they do as bad as they did last week
BlazingTerror141 (1:05:51 PM): especially if they do it with Westbrook back
jaeddy28 (1:06:12 PM): Yup. And I think Andy Reid will get the axe
jaeddy28 (1:06:31 PM): If he doesn't give Westbrook at least 15 carries
BlazingTerror141 (1:06:55 PM): He'll avoid those "axe" talks today, and Westbrook will get those carries and more so. Eagles with the cover
jaeddy28 (1:07:19 PM): Yeah they will
BlazingTerror141 (1:07:47 PM): And instead of the Colts-Chargers or Giants-Cardinals, let's look at the Panthers and the Falcons
jaeddy28 (1:08:11 PM): Panthers
BlazingTerror141 (1:08:17 PM): I think the Falcons after last week's lost to the Broncos, could be on the ropes today, and I think Carolina is going to take this one too
jaeddy28 (1:08:28 PM): Cause the Falcons are who we thought they were
BlazingTerror141 (1:08:42 PM): Matt Ryan, could the magic be up today. For this afternoon, I think so. Plus, Rodney White is less than healthy
jaeddy28 (1:09:07 PM): I just think the Falcons need more weapons and better defense
BlazingTerror141 (1:09:08 PM): and without a healthy Rodney White, more pressure on Michael Turner, and much more on Ryan
BlazingTerror141 (1:09:17 PM): White is playing
BlazingTerror141 (1:09:21 PM): but he is less than 100%
jaeddy28 (1:09:35 PM): They are still too young and messy for people to jump on the bandwagon like that
BlazingTerror141 (1:09:42 PM): Plus, people are still sleeping a little on the Panthers
jaeddy28 (1:09:49 PM): Yessir
BlazingTerror141 (1:10:00 PM): they have been lost in the talk with the Giants, and DeAngelo Williams is a top tier back in this league right now
jaeddy28 (1:10:05 PM): They are actually not being upset like they usually are this time of the year
BlazingTerror141 (1:10:15 PM): not shooting themselves in the foot
BlazingTerror141 (1:10:19 PM): anymore. Panthers to cover in impressive fashion.
jaeddy28 (1:10:35 PM): They actually beat Detroit and normally that is a game they would lose
BlazingTerror141 (1:11:09 PM): By the way, I do think Detroit will win today
BlazingTerror141 (1:11:17 PM): their first game, lol
jaeddy28 (1:11:36 PM): Wow, who do they play?
BlazingTerror141 (1:11:43 PM): I think we will not have thanksigivngs first undefeated vs winless game
BlazingTerror141 (1:11:59 PM): Tampa Bay
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:02 PM): in detroit
jaeddy28 (1:12:08 PM): I think we will Detroit is sorry
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:20 PM): haha, let's have that be our clash game there
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:23 PM): I think they will
jaeddy28 (1:12:24 PM): So sorry they are being blacked out in their own region
jaeddy28 (1:12:26 PM): lol
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:32 PM): i think destiny just won't happen for us
jaeddy28 (1:12:46 PM): How you get blacked out in your own region
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:46 PM): it would be great to see that at Thanksgiving, but the NFL gods are cruel
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:53 PM): HAHAHAHAHA
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:56 PM): seriosuly
BlazingTerror141 (1:12:58 PM): oh man
jaeddy28 (1:14:09 PM): Detroit is so sorry the fans don't even care that the game is being blacked out
BlazingTerror141 (1:14:23 PM): its been a bad year in the state of Michigan for football
jaeddy28 (1:14:32 PM): They're like oh well we won't get to see the Lions lose
jaeddy28 (1:14:41 PM): Yeah, they need some help
BlazingTerror141 (1:14:43 PM): you know its saying something when Michigan State, MICHIGAN State, is the best football team in Michigan
jaeddy28 (1:14:51 PM): The whole state needs some help
BlazingTerror141 (1:14:58 PM): Our three guarantees, once again.....
BlazingTerror141 (1:15:10 PM): Dolphins, Eagles, and PanthersBlazingTerror141 (1:15:24 PM): and our clash, you: Bucs; me: Lions
jaeddy28 (1:15:37 PM): yup
BlazingTerror141 (1:15:46 PM): I would to see the Lions lose, but my prognostication instincts tell me
BlazingTerror141 (1:15:53 PM): they will somehow get this win
jaeddy28 (1:16:03 PM): No the Bucs won't let us down
BlazingTerror141 (1:16:23 PM): I hope not, but I just have that feeling, lol
BlazingTerror141 (1:16:29 PM): Dan Overtsky TOUCHDOWN
jaeddy28 (1:16:41 PM): lol
BlazingTerror141 (1:17:02 PM): And that;'s our picks for this week ladies and gentlemen. (And other figures, lol).
BlazingTerror141 (1:17:04 PM): Peace

Enjoy the games everyone, and the agenda's P.s. will be placed in the comments section.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

11/22/08-TWD's Agenda For "Satur"Day: Obama's Big Stimulus Plan

From this morning, Barack Obama lays out his big stimulus plan in his now weekly Youtube address.

Transcript here.
The Agenda's P.S. for this "Satur"Day will be in the comments section. And as always, it's Saturday.

Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!) - Ludacris

Friday, November 21, 2008

Music Thread #1 for 11/21/08- The Flashback #1: Warren G feat Nate Dogg ("Regulate")

Take it back to that wonderful year of 1994, with the West Coast Classic from no, not Coolio like last week. But from Warren G, and Nate Dogg, with "Regulate". Part of this week's Flashback Friday videos.

The Cinema for 11/21/08: Bolt

From Disney's movie Bolt, via mlive.com

Good, positive reviews, if not of the spectacular level of Pixar's sole creations, for Disney's Bolt are in as the movie, including this one: hits theaters today:
BOLT immediately establishes a tone of gentle jokiness -- in a frenetic opening chase that could have been designed for the sequel to THE INCREDIBLES -- and proceeds to build upon it by bringing in beautifully defined characters with strong, engaging personalities. There's no real villain in the story, which means the challenges Bolt and his friends face often involve overcoming their own mindsets and attitudes instead of fighting off an enemy.

Bolt (voice provided by John Travolta) is both the prized pet and screen partner of young actress Penny (Miley Cyrus, whose slightly gruff line-readings give a potentially sticky-sweet character a hint of edginess); they co-star together in a TV series that looks like a mad mash-up of "Lassie" and "Mission: Impossible."

Still, it is lacking that quality of the likes of "Wall-E" and "Finding Nemo", just to name a few:
Though every frame is great to look at, "Bolt's" script - by the co-writers of "Mulan" and "Cars" - lacks the wit of its closest Pixar relative, "The Incredibles." Rhino and some goofy pigeons provide the few laughs once the tale goes cross-country. Plus, Penny's heartsickness takes a backseat to the action; we're left to wonder if Bolt's return will result in something like a contract renewal, or 15% for the smarmy agent. That wasn't part of "The Incredible Journey" or "The Aristocats."

Still, any Disney movie that doesn't need to fully rely on the whole PIXAR staff is yet, is still pretty decent, is certainly an encouraging sign for Mickey Mouse's company.

11/21/08-TWD's Agenda For Friday: Cabinet Leaks, Leaks, Leaks; Inner Strength Gospel Concert

Photo from the AP's Alexandre Meneghini

Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.

Mrs. Clinton came to her decision after additional discussion with President-elect Barack Obama about the nature of her role and his plans for foreign policy, said one of the confidants, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the situation. Mr. Obama’s office told reporters Thursday that the nomination is “on track” but Clinton associates only confirmed Friday afternoon that she has decided.

“She’s ready,” said the confidant. Mrs. Clinton was reassured after talking again with Mr. Obama because their first meeting in Chicago last week “was so general,” the confidant said. The purpose of the follow-up talk, he added, was not to extract particular concessions but “just getting comfortable” with the idea of working together.

So no more new or updated reports about this on the television networks. Thank God!

This is the American media, however. They are already on the next story that they will gladly throw down not only our throats, but our esophagi and small intestines as well.

But wait, there is more leak information.

Tim Geither, who I really didn't know a thing about today, and who most of you were in the unfamiliar realm with him as well, looks poised to be the next Treasury Secretary:
Barring last minute changes, the nominee for Treasury Secretary will be NY Fed President Tim Geithner -- a career Treasury official under both Bob Rubin and Larry Summers -- who actually had worked at the Treasury in three administrations under five Secretaries -- going back to 1988.

Geithner has been a key player in the current economic crisis -- helping Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and his team manage the wall street bailout.

When reading that sentence, which is in bold for its importance, it gives a few alarming vibes that this guy has been in the midst of helping Paulson go against his word of buying those troubled assets from the banks in September's bailout deal. And I have certainly been one to slam Paulson with every opportunity arises itself of being able to do just that.

But as I said before, I don't know (and neither do must outside of the financial world) know a thing about Geither. So we shall see the opinions and rational thoughts on that pick unfold.

Finally, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson looks to also find himself a spot in the Obama Administration. His likely role as it looks: Secretary of Commerce.
The rumors of Richardson as the next head of the Commerce Department bring to a close a wild week in the transition of Obama from candidate to president. In the last seven days, a series of leading Cabinet picks have been revealed including Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to Homeland Security, former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle to Health and Human Services, Eric Holder to Justice and, last, but certainly not least, Clinton to State.

It certainly was. And it will continue to be in the upcoming weeks.

And also, just to throw this out, since this is as much a "personal blog" as it is a legitimate public website, The Gospel Choir that I am apart of at Boston University is having our Fall Concert tonight on our campus. Here's the information.
Come make a joyful noise with the Inner Strength Gospel Choir at our Fall Concert.

"Knowing and Glorifying the Everlasting God"
Fall Concert 2008

Marsh Chapel (735 Commonwealth)
Green line "B" train to BU Central

Friday, November 21, 2008
7:30pm, doors at 7pm

$8 in advance
$10 at the door
$6 for groups of 5 or more in advance

The Agenda's P.S. is in the comments section, as usual until a change is noted to you.

It's Friday at TWD. And the feeling is, as always, alright!

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 11/20-21/08: Is This Lady Real Or What?

For those of you who may not have seen this, add this as another highlight reel on the tape of the Alaskan Governor. In fact, this maybe is the biggest gaffe.

World class at being careless is this lady. And she has clearly replaced John McCain as this year's Gift that keeps on giving, especially now that she is back to being on her own.

The Democratic Party is certainly giving thanks a week before Thanksgiving.

Mukasey Collapse Sends Ripple Affects Throughout Traditional and News Media

The big breaking news story of the night that even overrode Barack Obama on the verge of offering Hilary Clinton the Secretary of State job was the stunningly collapse of Attorney General Michael Mukasey:

Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the no-nonsense former federal judge who took over the Justice Department after Alberto Gonzales resigned in disgrace, collapsed during a speech Thursday night and lost consciousness.

Mukasey's was noticeably shaking when he collapsed shortly before 10:20 p.m. EST.

An FBI official said Mukasey got stuck on a word during his speech at the Marriott Hotel at Wardman Park in northwest Washington, repeated it several times and then "went down hard." His security detail called 911.

Mukasey lay on the stage for 10 minutes being attended to by his FBI detail before medics arrived, according to a Justice Department official who was there.

Talking Points Memo, as they updated some very positive news:
The DOJ has now released a statement describing Attorney General Mukasey as "conscious, conversant and alert. His vital statistics are strong and he is in good spirits." The AG is currently at George Washington University Hospital and will remain there overnight for observation.

Apparently, It Seems Someone Told Youtube To Disable TWD's Account

As some of you may have noticed, The Whole Delivery's Youtube page was taken off (or disabled) sometime tonight. In fact, I noticed this myself as the clock struck midnight that this had occurred. And frankly, and not surprisingly, I was not happy about it. In fact, I was not in a talkative mood at all.

I don't know what lead to the whole entire account being disabled, but it shows once again how bullies are in the system, and how "fair use" is still not respected at all like it should be. Apparently, it may have been the "NFL Week 11" leading to the downfall, but to disable the entire account shows how ridiculous the system still is.

Hopefully I will be able to place all of the site's videos back up, as soon as possible with the new Youtube page. Until then, thank you for viewing not only the Youtube page, but of course, the website itself.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Read International for 11/20/08: China's Government Concerned As Job Losses Increase In The Far East

Photo from BBC.com

Definitely a story lost in amidst of our numerous problems here and our change in governmental leadership is what is taking place over in China.

The BBC reports today that the Chinese government is very weary of the continued growth in unemployment taking afoot in their country.
Chinese leaders are already warning that an economic downturn could lead to further protests by those facing financial hardships.

It could also undermine the Chinese leadership, whose legitimacy has been built on improving living standards.

Believe it or not, protests have become the norm.
Meng Jianzhu, minister of public security, this week warned the police to be "fully aware of the challenges brought by the global financial crisis".

He said officers should be careful about how they handle "mass incidents", Beijing's euphemism for protests by ordinary people.

These protests are common in China, although they are often isolated incidents sparked by particular local grievances.

Several dozen protesters went on the rampage this week in the city of Longnan in China's western Gansu province.

According to reports from the state-run media, they attacked government buildings, damaged vehicles and injured police officers

And here's the penetrating quote in the article, from Professor Joseph Cheng of Honk Kong's City University :
"If people see that economic growth can no longer be maintained, then the very basis of the government has been eroded," he said.

This economic global crisis. Have a ripple effect around the whole world.

The Rest at the BBC:
1. While this country continues to give some of its citizens uncertainty with regards to their pension plans, look at what Argentina did today.
2.If you thought the Republicans are having a bitter party fight, you need to read with this story regarding France's Socialists and their own "family battles" for power.
3.Brazil is targeting illegal abortions. Seriously.

From the CBC:
1. Meteors streak across the sky in Canada
2. Those pirate attacks you may have been hearing about keep on coming and coming. And if you haven't, you read right. Pirates.
3. And those astronauts did not make the same mistake they did last time.

From the Al Jazeera:
1. Despite the aforementioned economic, job unemployment mess in China, this report from US intelligence stats that the Far East country and India will be equal to the United States.

In fact, the rest of that article, in itself, is a very good read. It may also get highlighted as well.
2. The United Nations imposed sanctions on Somalia today.
3. And finally, Vladmir Putin talks about the Russian economy. And to do a fine report justice, it is much more than the Prime Minister talking about the money situation over there.

The Read International. Because The Whole Delivery wouldn't be "whole" without the rest of the world.

TPM's 100 Seconds For 11/20/08

11/20/08: TWD's Agenda For The Day- Don't Let The Door Hit You Ted Stevens

Believe it or not, Ted Stevens is a human being just like you and me. And he showed an empathetic side that you rarely see from him today in his final remarks in the Senate.

The liberal online community, however, certainly won't shed a tear. And neither will his Republican colleagues in the Senate, nor the citizens he will soon use to represent in Alaska.

The agenda's P.S is in the comments section. Apologize for the late start to the day. Ridiculous college classes play a major part in that, as you know by now.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 11/19-20/08 (TPM's 100 Seconds for 11/19/08 )

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Music Thread #2 for 11/19/08- Did AllHipHop Keep It Real Or What Today ? ("I AM.....Sasha Fierce " Album Review)

The supposed "baddest chick in R&B" gets a 6.5 out of 10 from AHH. OOOOOOOOOOOO.
It’s hard to tell exactly what BeyoncĂ© Knowles is trying to prove anymore. The hardest-working woman in music is in no danger of going anywhere, and there’s an aura of glamour surrounding her that can only be described as “star power.” Still, despite the series of hits she’s put on the charts, her full catalogue of music is the least appealing thing about her.

Just keep on reading if you want, but the highlighted quote says it all. The Singles are there, and after that, nothing else really. It shows a limited writer, or group of writers to be honest, to elevate her to the status of at least her performances, signing range, and overall diligence.

But diligence does not bring musical genius, and that is the one true Achilles heel with Beyonce'. Now, saying that she isn't a "genius" does not mean that this woman is smart and savvy. However, it doesn't take much to understand the difference between "smart and savvy" and "pure genius." Then again, she isn't the only boat in the mundane world of R&B (and Pop) nowadays (and to be very honest, the last 15 to 20 years).

I know some of my peoples will want to hurt me always having a negative slant on Ms.Knowles/Mrs.Carter. But I don't think Beyonce won't be losing sleep over what is said here at TWD, at AllHipHop, at VH1, at TMZ, or in general. And neither, hopefully, should you.

But the brutal harsh reality is what is delivered here at The Whole Delivery, as mentioned in today's other music thread with Cassie.

Anything else, wouldn't suffice. And neither would fake, capitulated praise be real for a world class performer still far away from truly being a world class artist.

Sports Thread #1 for 11/19/08: NFL Plays Of The Week - Week 11

Let's just say that this week's batch won't necessarily be apart of the Plays of The Year:
In comparison to the last few weeks, this week didn't have a spectacular standout, definitive number one highlight. Instead, I had to basically give the top play based on a combination of factors making it worthy of pole position. With that being the reasoning this week, Kerry Collins second touchdown pass to Justin Gage to seal the Titans undefeated record to 10-0 against the Jaguars is this week's top play.

So complicated was this week and its lack of standout memorable plays, that I had a whopping seven plays this week apart of this list, plus a "Call of the week that was so good from the great Matt Vasergian" of Fox, making it eight plays total this week for your viewing pleasure.

Once again, you can comment here, or there.

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