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Monday, August 31, 2009

Sports Thread #2 For 8/31/09: 2009 US Open- Venus Williams Survives

But she is up 2-0 in the third set as of this post, as she was three points away from defeat.
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Venus advances, let's hope she plays better, even with that knee problem coming back to harm her.

Roddick to come.

Another One Of Those Annoying Public Option Polls Again

So darn annoying, aren't they? (Click on to see it closer)
Yup, the fringe elements of the majority of the nation, supporting a public option.

What fringes.

The Public Option Is Not A Democratic Issue

It's one that is a national issue, especially for Republicans hurting without one.

The Daily Open Thread For 8/31/09: One Year, Two Days Ago

....This classic moment in American politics happened:

And this also classic moment in television history

And the classic reaction to that choice a few days later:

I wonder how that classic decision played out?

Music Thread #2 For 8/31/09: Drake feat Trey Songz- "Successful"

The full video is here, and like I said yesterday: Better than "Best I Ever Had" of course with just being Kanye proof, but boring to me. And the ending with Obama's quote.....WTH?

(As always, viewer discretion is advised)

The Daily Open Thread For 8/31/09: Look Whose Back!

Lying crazy health care lady, that's who!

More to come, including possibly more crazies like that one.

The Most Dangerous T-Shirt Known To Missouri

And if you're state isn't careful, it maybe dangerous to you!
T-shirts worn by members of the Smith-Cotton High School band have been recalled by the school district because they contained images of evolution. The t-shirts featured an image of a monkey holding a brass instrument and progressing through various stages of evolution until eventually becoming a human. “I was disappointed with the image on the shirt,” said Sherry Melby, a band parent who teaches in the district. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.” Assistant superintendent Brad Pollitt explained that the t-shirts were banned because they were imposing on religious views:
And just so you know, as you probably see in that Think progress post, those shirts don't violate the school's dress code.

But it violates the nutcase religious code!

Sports Thread #1 For 8/31/09: 2009 US Open Starts

Thank God for online streaming and Tennis Channel.

And Kim Clijsters is looking again, like she hasn't missed a step.

Click on the "link" if the embed doesn't work.

John Hagee Has Nothing On This Guy

There's another problem beyond just these atrocities of human beings given a chance to spew their dangerous insanity.

"A sentiment that not everyone agrees with."

I think even more disturbing than these lunatic, pestilent people is the fact that this newscast in Arizona 15 gives balance, BALANCE, to the story. Instead of discrediting and not giving a damn iota about these nuts, it is reported like a regular story.

Pretty pathetic and sad.....Journalism in this country rolls in its grave again.

The Social For 8/31/09: Disney to Acquire Marvel

Would be funny is PIXAR went up and said "Let's buy DC."
Walt Disney Co. said on Monday it has reached a deal to acquire comic-book titan Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, a move that underscores the company's desire to have strong box-office franchises with appeal to families.
Despite the somewhat. success of the movies, the Marvel brand has kind of fallen off over the years, especially with making successful cartoons. Something that Stan Lee and crew haven't been able to do since the 90's.

8/31/09: TWD's Agenda For The Day: The 2009 US Open Begins

Shame that a lot of people don't have Tennis Channel to enjoy the first two hours, while ESPN engrosses us with their wonderful First Take show. Tennis used as a side show again instead of treated like it should be in America, what a surprise.

USA Network, to their credit, would have never done this. But the US Open does stay live on ESPN in between the day/night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, so.......

Music Thread #1 For 8/31/09: Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 Has Leaked

Now go to Limewire or your bit torrent to go get these songs and all.

And here is his track with Kanye called "Hate."

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The Sleep Time And Rise "n" Shine Thread For 8/30-31/09: IGTNT And The Miscellaneous

First, celebrating the lives lost at war from an American perspective, with a global conscious.

IGTNT tonight by roses, remembering the lives of
Pfc. Matthew E. Wildes of Hammond, Louisiana, and Staff Sgt. Kurt R. Curtiss of Murray, Utah, who were killed in Afghanistan.
As always, heart felt and real.

Deep stuff from this mother of a slained son.

Good on the Bahamas for this. .

A breathalyzer test helps find lung cancer. Not a bad invention at all.

I don't agree with this Microsoft guy all the way. Some points he makes are definitely true, but live big screen TV, if avaliable, will always beat live PC-TV, especially if the picture from the PC is grainy like most PC's can give you with a live stream.

Just in case you still don't believe that your employer is looking at your social media pages.

For some, this will not be a shock at all. But for others, the United States is not 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even in the Top 10 in broadband speed in the world. It is 28th.

And finally, to close, here is Tevin: "May tomorrow bring a better you...and a better me." Goodnight, and see you in the morning, Salutations!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Daily Open Thread For 8/30/09: Preview of Drake's "Successful" Video Feat Trey Songz

The video is coming....probably tonight it maybe released. And thought to me it bores, it is Kanye proof unlike you know what.

Liz Cheney Continues Her National Pundit Rise To The Top!

Yippie......and Georgie Will smugness. Double Yippie!!

McCain Says "Interrogations Were In Violation Of The Geneva Convention," But Blames Obama DOJ For Investigation

The up and down nature of John McCain.

This came after Dicky Dick said what he had to say to defend his disgraceful self.

Well, at least his daughter wasn't a puppet for him this time like she always is.

Sunday Sunset For 8/30/09: Lyfe- Must Be Nice (2005)

Another powerful artist mistreated by the "out of touch" music industry, here is the deeply soulful and real Lyfe Jennings.

She's Perfect For The Job

In this day and age of corporate media, who could really complain about her getting this gig.
Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager will contribute monthly segments to the Today Show as the morning show’s latest correspondent.

The 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, Maryland will highlight stories like education (she always wanted to be a teacher and a writer, and has already authored two books.)

“It wasn’t something I’d always dreamed to do,” the daughter of former President George W. Bush said. “But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change.”
So everyone, be open minded about Jenna being apart of the NBC team with a job.

I sure know all those recent journalism graduates like me and my friends would sure be happy and open-minded about this decision. Especially with the not so extensive experience that Laura has in journalism.

Then again, we should be open-minded like her and NBC for this decision, right?

I wonder if she will do segments on Countdown with Keith or on Rachel's show in the possible future outside of "Today"? You never know.

8/30/09: TWD's Agenda For This Sunday- Don't Ever Let Them Forget

Don't ever let them forget......don't you ever forget.

Sunday Sunrise For 8/30/09:

The word for the day....Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, enough said there:

Returning once again, Mary Mary's "Heaven"

Karen Clark Sheard- 2nd Chance

Peace and God bless to your Sunday.

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Open Thread for 8/29-30/09:

The Sat AM/Sun PM open thread. Let's begin.

A song that I probably may highlight more, because the video is so funny indeed. And always real lyrics from KRS One with Buckshot doing their thing as well.

This ram maybe worth more than you. And you will maybe chuckle at it.

Get this very little talked about environment story. Russia sent their ambassador to talk to Gov. Schwarzenegger to save the wooden outpost that is Fort Ross in California from budget cuts finishing it off.

Idiot of the day, and of the week.

Look like "Where's Waldo" has competition out of nowhere.

And I don't wish this on anybody......especially in my profession:

Goodnight everyone, and see you tomorrow.

The Headlines For 8/29/09: An Array Of Different Emotions.

The homegoing that was tearful:

A great day in the soccer world.

And just shocking sadness still from the music industry

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Daily Open Thread #2 For 8/29/09: "Mario Kart: The Movie"

Pure genius.

Music Thread #2 For 8/29/09: The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer #2- "I Got A Feeling"

Yeah, this song is getting most definitely annoying right now. And I keep on forgetting that this song was made by Black Eyed Peas.

Sports Thread #3 For 8/29/09: Tennis No Joining The NFL In Twitter Paranoia

At least there's no court coaching to worry about for this to happen:
Watch what you tweet.

That’s the message tennis authorities are delivering as the U.S. Open gets set to start Monday, telling players and their entourages to be careful about what they post on the social networking site Twitter.

Signs are being posted in the players’ lounge, locker rooms and referee’s office at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with the header: “Important. Player Notice. Twitter Warning.”
One player who expresses a reaction to how asinine nature of this rule is Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick, for one, is not a fan of the warning. In a tweet Friday night, the 2003 U.S. Open champion wrote that he thinks it’s “lame the US Open is trying to regulate our tweeting.. I understand the on-court issue but not sure they can tell us if we can’t do it on our own time … we’ll see.”

He added in another tweet: “I definitely respect the rule about inside info and on the court, but you would seriously have to be a moron to send ‘inside info’ through a tweet.”
But that integrity of the game and the betting is the main concern
Told of Roddick’s comments, tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier said, “We agree with Mr. Roddick that it would be ‘moronic’ to provide what might be construed as insider information. However, in the age of new media, it is imperative to ensure the absolute integrity of the game.”
Yeah, like the integrity of the game was damaged at Wimbledon?

Betting maybe will get factor if say, someone sneaks a phone in about a player's last minute injury. But what can tennis really do about it, or contain it? Information will get out no matter what, especially in this day and age.

You can only help but to contain, because you surly cannot stop it at all.

Music Thread #1 For 8/29/09: The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer #1- "You're A Jerk."

This one will continue to get more annoying even past the summer time.

The Daily Open Thread For 8/29/09: Highlights From Ted Kennedy's Funeral

The arrival of Obama and Bill Clinton to the Mass.

From an emotional day in Massachusetts:

Part 1 of Obama's eulogy to Kennedy:

Part 2 of Obama's eulogy to Kennedy:

And the closing prayer:

Salutations all, and God Bless.

Sports Thread #2 For 8/29/09: Real Madrid/Departivo La Coruna And The Milan Derby

The La liga opener, and already, Ronaldo has scored on a penalty. And already, Madrid's defense is suspect.
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Meanwhile, the milan Derby is going on. Interesting that Izingahi and not Pato is starting up front for Milan.
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Updated: Actually, Pato is on the field.

Sports Thread #1 For 8/29/09- BPL/EPL Week 3- Truly A United Comeback For United In 2-1 Thriller Over Arsenal.

Manchester United has come back for an enthralling victory over rivals Arsenal in the biggest match in the early 2009-2010 barclays Premier League campaign.

A wonderful second half that featured an own goal from Adou Diaby that made the difference as the defending champions came back from an Andrei Arshavin strike in the first half that Ben Foster should have done much better on.

The post game coverage:
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8/29/09- TWD's Agenda For This Saturday: Sending Teddy Home

And transcript of the touching eulogy given from Obama:
And that's how Ted Kennedy became the greatest legislator of our time. He did it by hewing to principle, but also by seeking compromise and common cause - not through deal-making and horse-trading alone, but through friendship, and kindness, and humor. There was the time he courted Orrin Hatch's support for the Children's Health Insurance Program by having his Chief of Staff serenade the Senator with a song Orrin had written himself; the time he delivered shamrock cookies on a china plate to sweeten up a crusty Republican colleague; and the famous story of how he won the support of a Texas Committee Chairman on an immigration bill. Teddy walked into a meeting with a plain manila envelope, and showed only the Chairman that it was filled with the Texan's favorite cigars. When the negotiations were going well, he would inch the envelope closer to the Chairman. When they weren't, he would pull it back. Before long, the deal was done.

It was only a few years ago, on St. Patrick's Day, when Teddy buttonholed me on the floor of the Senate for my support on a certain piece of legislation that was coming up for vote. I gave him my pledge, but expressed my skepticism that it would pass. But when the roll call was over, the bill garnered the votes it needed, and then some. I looked at Teddy with astonishment and asked how he had pulled it off. He just patted me on the back, and said "Luck of the Irish!"

Of course, luck had little to do with Ted Kennedy's legislative success, and he knew that. A few years ago, his father-in-law told him that he and Daniel Webster just might be the two greatest senators of all time. Without missing a beat, Teddy replied, "What did Webster do?"

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Break: DJ AM Found Dead

Crazy sad.
Sources tell us he was found in his apartment at around 5:20 PM. We're told drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.

Our sources say DJ AM had not been seen or heard from for a few days -- one of his friends went to check on him, but got no response after knocking on his apartment door.

We're told the friend called the police, who broke down the door and then found DJ AM's body.
More on this shocking, SHOCKING sad news later.

The Daily Open Thread #2 For 8/28/09: Your New Word Of The Year: OLIGARH

Oy........Maybe it was "C" instead of "Y". Or maybe he confused Oligarchy with......I don't know.

The Daily Open Thread #1 For 8/28/09: Is Goring Someone Torture?

The Onion reports.

Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture?
More to come on TWD Friday!

A Royal Slap In The Face, If There Ever Was (Updated)

In a story so embarrassing, disrespectful, and self-centered that it may make you want to regurgitate when you read it, get this:
Former President George H. W. Bush, who has enough stamina to sky-dive each year on his birthday, apparently doesn't have the stamina to attend Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) funeral.

The elder Bush's spokesman told the AP Friday that the 43rd president decided not to attend when he learned that his son would be going.
What a pathetic family they are.

Because he is so ashamed of being in the same building as his son (which someone of us can ironically understand of course), a man who has time to sky drive at his age won't even attend one of the great legislators of this nation (and the world) he worked with in his time of being president.

Both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, who definitely had their frosty times with Kennedy, as we all know, would possibly be the only, ONLY former Presidents who maybe, MAYBE, would be more likely to not attend this funeral, if you just haplessly looked at those past events and saw them as not mature adults.

But of course they are mature adults and they ARE attending, and that's why they are going to be there tomorrow.

Meanwhile, this blowhard has the time to throw his body in the air and all but yet won't attend a funeral of a political legend he knows just because he doesn't want to be seen in public with his son.

I wonder if the favor would be returned by Caroline Kennedy if he passed next, and she declined to attend his funeral?

Either way, the classlessness is awfully shocking, and terribly appalling.

Updated: Maybe he didn't just want to go in the first place....either way, it is quite shocking.

8/28/09: TWD's Agenda For This Friday- The Public Option's Lazarus Moment Continues

Photo from Sam Morris of Las Vegas Sun
Whether it is because of next year's election he is facing pressure on, or whether Ted Kennedy's passing lead to this, pretty strong words right here from Harry Reid, of all people.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is often hesitant during the health care debate in Washington to express his personal views, but he let down his guard a bit this week in Nevada.

Reid opened a private meeting of health care providers in Las Vegas on Tuesday by saying, according to one attendee who took notes: “We have a problem in America and it’s called the private insurance industry.”

Reid went on to express support for a public option, the proposed government-run insurance plan that he compared to Medicare, saying any meaningful reform legislation would have to include a public component.
Who knew he had it in him.....outside of election pressure and base pressure probably causing a strong statement from him.

Music Thread #1 For 8/28/09: The Flashback Friday #1 - LL Cool J ("Around The Way Girl")

Classic....from 1990. One of the best love rap songs ever.

Sports Thread #1 For 8/28/09- Its Going To Be A Long Year For The Broncos

McDaniels has suspended Brandon Marshall.

It's going to be a long year in Denver. The Broncos needed to improve their defense in the offseason, where even the only thing they needed to focus on was having someone solidify the running back spot.

Now they have total dysfunction right now. Add the fact that really no coach so far from the Bill Belichick tutelage has sustained sustained unbelievable success (Eric Mangini being the closest), and you Mile High fans better hope the Rockies have a great playoff run (if they make the postseason). It's going to be a long year at Invesco Field, no question.

Reading Rainbow Last Day Today

In all honesty, since there were no new episodes of the show in a while, since the 90's, the show was actually over and dead for a long time.

But today, it's off the air for good.

Best moment on Reading Rainbow was when Run DMC was there

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sports Thread #2 For 8/27/09: Vick Is Back

His first play, a shovel pass.
Trying to get the vid back, this fool turned to the meaningless Dolphins-Bucs game. Watch the game here, as I try and get the embed.

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TRONN Open Thread For 8/27/09

The Rational Online News network, blessings to you with the news and rational opinion you just have to be given, and not be denied at all. Let's begin, shall we:

TPM continues its tribute coverage of Ted Kennedy

Steve Benen has a terrific post, of many usually at the Washington Monthly, that exposes the hypocrites talking about how Obama is going to be adding to deficit, when not only he said he isn't with this health care bill, but exposes those who didn't say the same when this was happening:
Just six years ago, Karl Rove thought he could lock up that "permanent Republican majority" by adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. Seniors -- at least the one who didn't get caught in the dreaded "donut hole" -- would be so impressed they'd vote GOP forever. All Republican policymakers had to do was approve a poorly-written bill that expanded government involvement in health care while adding trillions of dollars to long-term debt.

It has a certain relevance to the ongoing policy debate of the day.

Matt Yglesias does good service by reminding us of the 2003 Senate vote on Medicare Part D, the budget-busting prescription drugs for seniors bill that passed the Senate 54-44, even though it wasn't paid for (it adds trillions to the deficit over time). Here's the vote: it is interesting to note that the two Gang of Six members who are the most prominent naysayers and budget hawks on the Senate Finance Committee now, Chuck Grassley and Mike Enzi, voted for the bill. As did assorted other noisy conservatives like Sam Brownback, John Cornyn and John Kyl. What irresponsible spendthrifts!

Republicans who actually are deficit hawks -- John McCain (usually) and Lindsey Graham, for example -- voted against it. Many Democrats -- Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton -- also voted against it, mostly because they didn't think it provided sufficient coverage (and let the drug companies off the hook).

But the headline remain grousers like Grassley, who oppose the alleged expense of the Obama plan now (even though the President has vowed not to sign a bill that isn't, more or less, paid for). It should be noted that Max Baucus -- who has also made non-stop noises about fiscal responsibility -- voted for it, too.
Media Matters as always, deals with the Comedy Network.

TWI's Daphne Eviatar talks about Cheney's CIA cherry-picking.....More like apple picking, if that makes sense to you (it doesn't to me actually).

Eviatar also has this piece about the Obama Administration's rendition moves coming back to possibly haunt them.

Always filled with many gems, two pieces to highlight from Think Progress in TRONN: ABC's clown reporting health care shill John Stossel and the Pentagon is profiling reporters.....which is filling stunning stuff .

Duncan Black
I've been thinking about the wingnut freakout about 9/11 being a national service day. Aside from general reflexive opposition to anything Obama says and anger that their day of rage has been repurposed, what they're really angry about is that it isn't all about them. Because they were the bravest and most noble of citizens on that day and since, and they deserve some recognition!
A rational all start team of Greenwald, Hamsher, and Moulitsas have a good time slamming Jon Chait's late to the party routine today about Democratic centrists hurting the party much MUCH MUCH more than those blogging ideologues.

Just giving a deserved shoutout to Owillis because he deserves it. This comic about the public option is awesome (click on to enlarge):

Edward Kennedy wanted all Americans to have access to the kind of health care he had and to make sure everyone had a safety net in place that allowed them to take the kind of risks necessary to become a millionaire if that's what they wanted to do. His conservative enemies, on the other hand, want to keep Americans enslaved by the wealthy, in jobs they loathe, scared to make any moves for fear that they will lose everything, including their lives, if they do. It's the essence of the difference between liberals and conservatives regardless of their personal place in the class structure.
And TPM's 100 Seconds for the day:

TRONN never stops of course. Visits those great websites apart of "The Rational Online News Network."

But for now, for TRONN Open Thread today, that is all.

TPM Exclusive: Who Needs Satan When You Have A Pastor Like This

How Christian like this pastor is
Chris Broughton, the man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to the Obama event in Arizona last week, attended a fiery anti-Obama sermon the day before the event, in which Pastor Steven Anderson said he was going to "pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell", Anderson confirmed to TPMmuckraker today.

The sermon, which was titled "Why I Hate Barack Obama" and also contained virulent anti-gay themes, continued:

Yup, TD Jakes has nothing on this guy.

As a Christian here, it is a shame that people even attend this man's church. But when you have crazies out there, they will do their damnest to embarrass anybody, especially the name of Christianity.

And especially anything rational.

Kennedy Motorcade Drive Through Boston

70 mile drive across the city to pay respects to a public legend. It's going on as of now of this post.

The Daily Open Thread #1 For 8/27/09: Afterbirther's Big Demand Of Obama

The Onion reports this today:

Read the rest of the report for those afterbirthers!

Wifi on steriods? Indeed so.

This is such a great story:
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department says a little girl kidnapped from South Lake Tahoe in 1991 has been found alive and in good health. Yesterday, a woman claiming to be Jaycee Lee Dugard showed up at a police station in Contra Costa County. This morning, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department confirms a man and woman are in custody in relation to the case.
And the fastest trains in the world that you can ride right now. It's really cool to look at.

More to come.....later.

Music Thread #1 For 8/27/09: The Runthrough

(Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/ Getty Images )
Madonna got booed massively last night in Romania. And the reason why:
....that is, until she denounced the pandemic discrimination of Gypsies. Then, the crowd turned on her.
There are many videos on Youtube on the concert form last night, including this one. Though I don't think it's her getting booed.

Moving on, a misleading headline from ALLHipHop.com

So, are the Black Eyed Peas banning Muslims from their concerts? Um, not the case:
The government of Malaysia has banned Muslims from attending a Black Eyed Peas concert in the country, because the event is sponsored by alcohol company Guinness.

The government issued the ban after learning that the Black Eyed Peas would be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Guinness’ first brewery as part of a concert at a theme park in Kuala Lumpur on September 25.

“The party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above,” a representative for the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture said. “Muslims cannot attend. Non-Muslims can go and have fun.”
The de fact religion in Malyasia is Islam.....the government tells you what it is and you do it, especially in regards to religion.

Kind of misleading indeed from an otherwise cool crew from Chuck Jigsaw and company.

Jadakiss explains how he wasn't apart of the guys in his apartment who were raided by the feds a few days ago.

The preview for Drake's "Successful" video.

Beyonce' to perform at the MTV Music Awards . Jay-Z and Lady Gaga will too, and it makes sense for Hova. Two days after Blueprint 3 and with the VMA's back in NYC, it makes sense.

More to come later. For now, Peace.

LOL.....Man At McCain HC Town Hall Gives Him The Business

This just can't happen enough.

And McCain says "See ya." What a swell Mavericky, tough question answer he is.

And of course, the local newspeople don't have the knowledge to understand how serious and real that man's claims were. They just treated it clearly as, "Oh great, this will be great for the news, an entertaining sound bite that we can easily put on the 10 PM news!"

And just for you to know, The Spatula and the Worst Candidate for president in the Nation's history said this crap:
Last night, McCain told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that America just “is not ready” for quality “government-run health care.”
Well, you can start the McCain 2012 campaign if we want, lol. (Wait, I said LOL in a statement?)

Sports Thread #1 For 8/27/09: 2009 US Open Draw......And Good Times To The Build Up

More analysis to come, but the biggest winner today is Roger Federer by far. No Andy Murray to worry about of course because of him being the #2 seed, but he also avoids Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, and the only man who has beaten him this summer, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, on his half of the draw. Instead, he gets the man that he has owned (Andy Roddick) and a young man who is really semi-struggling a little to hold his mantle as a Top 4 player in the world (Novak Djokovic). Federer will probably face either Roddick or Djokovic in his semis.

On the women's side, you could say the big winner is number one seed Dinara Safina, who avoids both Venus and Serena since they are in the other half of the draw. But to me, the big winner is Maria Sharapova, who not only avoids the sisters herself, but has a draw with players she knows she will not be intimidated by. She potentially faces Elena Dementieva in the 3rd round. Will Dementieva finally play well with expectations on her?

More analysis to come, but for now, enjoy Venus and Serena's dance off at Bryant Parkin Manhattan yesterday. It was good times.

The Front Pages For 8/27/09: Still Some Love To Kennedy, And Sadly, Some, Like Fudge Aren't


Huffington Post

The Nation

The raw story


And back to being a clown, Fudge returns to being classless.

The Sleep Time And Rise "n" Shine Thread For 8/26-27/09: It's Back, So I Know You're Happy

And we are back with the funniest thread on TWD.

Based off the great people at DIGG, questions were given to Timothy Geithner from the rag that is the Wall Street Journal:

What you don't ever do as a music artist......let alone a virtually forgotten rapper: Get mad at someone in Applebees for playing an old song (huge thanks to the one and only Alex Gonzalez for this one):

Megan McCardle's apathy is quite scary....and disturbing.

Been having a lot of fun with my friends over this one for the last two days. Look at the Top 25 most, and I quote, "douchiest" schools in the country.

Yeah, this was embarrassing for Microsoft today....I know Bill Gates, even if he isn't on the day to day operations anymore, was probably really pissed about this:

Replacing the black guy with a white guy. Thanks to Photoshop, reverse affirmative action is in place.

The Lockerbie bomber maybe living longer says this cancer expert than most may think.

And to close, I'm watching a great episode of one of my favorite shows, Sonic X.

Good night, and see you in the morning.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Music Thread #2 For 8/26/09: New Drake And Mary J Blige

The wheelchair man did it big after hearing that poor effort with Jay-Z earlier this week. Oh, and Lil Wayne, Kanye and Eminem are on this track.

Oh, and a new Mary J. Blige video:

The Daily Open Thread #1 For 8/26/09: Tea Party Express Tourrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The Hottest Tour In America This Summer

Music artists like Jay-Z, Jonas Brothers, Drake, Taylor Swift and others have nothing, NOTHING, on this tour.
Oh yes indeed.

More to come ladies and gentleman...for now, peace.

Music Thread #1 for 8/26/09: Another Jay-Z Leak

A few quality lines in there as always, but "Venus vs Nars" isn't all of that though.

But it is still good stuff indeed in my view. And at least no wasted Drake effort on this track.

Sports Thread #1 For 8/26/09: UEFA Champions League - Arsenal Dominates Celtic To Advance To The Group Stages

Donati's goal the only consolidation for Celtic. Always a tough draw for the Scottish giants here, and they were done no favors with that horrendous call of a penalty on Arthur Boruc as Eduardo basically put the tie to bed.

The Rest Of The World Mourns Too

Photo from UK Mirror
Touching the lives in the domestic borders you live in and serve for is already one extraordinary thing.

But to become an international icon (and the last name does not hurt matters at all) well, it is just further icing on the cake. Both of those things were accomplished by the now departed lawmaking Senator from Massachusetts, and his benevolence and fight for the oppressed and downtrodden reached beyond American borders.

Prime Minister Brown's comments:
Mr Brown said: "Senator Edward Kennedy will be mourned not just in America but in every continent.

"He is admired around the world as the senator of senators.

"He led the world in championing children's education and health care, and believed that every single child should have the chance to realise their potential to the full.

"Even facing illness and death,, he never stopped fighting for the causes which were his life's work.

"I am proud to have counted him as a friend and proud that the United Kingdom recognised his service earlier this year with the award of an honorary knighthood."
He played a massive part in Northern Ireland relationship with the rest of its fellow British brothers and sisters, as well as American relations with that nation
The Senator for Massachusetts since 1962 was awarded his honorary Knighthood earlier this year for "services to British- American repationships and to Northern Ireland."

Proposing Mr Kennedy for the Knighthood Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "Northern Ireland is today at peace, more Americans have health care, more children around the world are going to school and for all those things we owe a great debt to the life and courage of Senator Edward Kennedy."

Former prime minister Tony Blair added his tribute, praising his "passionate commitment" to the Northern Ireland peace process.

He said "Senator Kennedy was a figure who inspired admiration, respect and devotion, not just in America but around the world.

"He was a true public servant committed to the values of fairness, justice and opportunity.
Northern Ireland's chimed in
Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of the death of Mr Kennedy.

Mr Woodward said; "Ted Kennedy was a true and constant friend of the peace process in Northern Ireland whose huge influence in engaging the United States in that process cannot be over-estimated.

"In every sense he was an immense figure whose part in transforming Northern Ireland will be a lasting memorial.

"My thoughts are with the Kennedy family today."
In Ireland, the love is there for the venerable stoic figure
In Ireland, Taoiseach Brian Cowen said Mr Kennedy will be remembered with great affection.

Mr Cowen described Mr Kennedy as one of the most distinguished and talented figures in American politics.

He said: "Throughout his long and distinguished career in politics, Ted Kennedy has been a great friend of Ireland.

"He has used his considerable influence in the world's most powerful parliament for the betterment of this island.

"In good days and bad, Ted Kennedy worked valiantly for the cause of peace on this island."
Angela Merkel chimed in as well from the Deutchsland capital
“Germany and Europe have lost a treasured friend in Senator Kennedy,” Merkel said in an e-mailed statement from Berlin today. “His advocacy for justice and peace was stamped with his convictions and steadfastness.” Brown said Kennedy will be mourned “in every continent,” not only in the U.S.

“He led the world in championing children’s education and health care, and believed that every single child should have the chance to realize their potential to the full,” Brown said in a statement released by his office in London. “Even facing illness and death he never stopped fighting for the causes which were his life’s work. I am proud to have counted him as a friend.”
Love from France and Italy as well
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Kennedy “symbolized the fight for the highest values of humanity.” Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called him a “model” politician who always defended the values of liberty and democracy.
Netanyahu expressed gratitude too
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Kennedy “a great American patriot, a great champion of a better world, a great friend of Israel,” according to his spokesman, Mark Regev.
In South Africa, the fighter for anti-apartheid in America is certainly memorized there as well
"Kennedy was among leaders who championed the opposition against the apartheid regime in South Africa," the African National Congress said in a statement following the death of the veteran senator at his home on Tuesday.

"He is remembered for having staged an ’illegal protest’ outside Pollsmoor Prison, where struggle icon Nelson Mandela was held."
And even in Bangladeshi, the love for Kennedy is felt too
Khaleda Zia, the former premier and now leader of the opposition, said that Bangladeshi people would remember him forever for the role he had played in mobilising world opinion in favour of Bangladesh liberation war.
"The late senator was a humanist and democratic personality."
He was among the few Western leaders who visited Bangladesh immediately after independence and paid homage to Bangladeshi martyrs.
In this growing global age that we live in, there seems to be a lack of public officials, outside of a President/Prime Minister or Secretary of State/Foreign Minister from one country, who have a true global impact on the world we live in today.

No question, it's not just Massachusetts, the Northeast, liberals/progressives, Senator Byrd, Pres Obama, VP Biden and even the conservatives in America who mourn Edward M. Kennedy are not alone.

And neither are you out there today in the online community. The world is mourning with you too.

Norah O'Donnell Wins The Stupid Award For The Day

After the first 30 seconds, she said some good points. Shame that her first 30 was do damn stupid that it adds to the latest chapter of incompetent stupidity from Norah O'Donnell

"Makes it less likely that President Obama will get this legislative victory" on health care?

Even quite possibly on Fixed Propaganda, you won't here anything as stupid today as what you heard from O'Donnell right there.

The Front Pages For 8/26/09: The Lion's Raw Is Still Heard

Talking Points Memo's special tribute

TPM's regular headline

Huffington Post

The Nation


Think Progress

Classiness from the Drudge Report.....so classy, that I wouldn't even call it Fudge today.

Of course, there are more sites to remember, more sites that show their love indeed. But for now, the memories continue.

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