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Monday, November 30, 2009

Grayson: Bring The Troops Home From Afghanistan

He was emphatic on this during his appearance on Ed's show tonight:

The answer is just so simple.

It really is.

Sports Thread #1 For 11/30/09: MNF- Patriots vs Saints

Clearly Week 12 's game of the week
Watch live video from Saints vs Patriots Live HD! on Justin.tv

Music Thread #1 For 11/30/09: The Runthrough

Yeah, like Chris Brown really needs to have a fight with Jay-Z (and more a little later on other things Mr. Shawn has to deal with in this thread.)

Oh man, now Wyclef is starting to believe the rumors that deep down, he doesn't believe in.

Yeah, Adam Lambert is in the news. What else is new?

Tisk tisk tisk, Giant Magazine is going bye bye.

Guns n Roses are coming to South America.

And No Beanie, I don't think Nas will waste his time with this. And Jay-Z won't ask him too.

More to come.....

The Daily Open Thread For 11/30/09: Runthrough

Your daily delivery of open thread goodness!

Donny Deutsch keeps it real again.

All was good in that segment outside of Jim Cramer being a clown as always, but what is up with them paying the instrumental to Nas "Ain't Hard To Tell."

Oh dear, the House Homeland Security Committee is asking the attention whores to testify on Thursday.

I don't understand all the criticism on Mike Huckabee for that nutcase in Seattle murdering those officers yesterday.

It hurts him politically in some way just because of what transpired, but how was he suppose to know this was going to happen? And those who hope clemency is used more with executive power (i.e., Rick Perry) shouldn't then be cheering about this at all in glee for Huckabee going down.

His record did that by itself before this happened.

Man this Mark Kirk guy is an idiot.

Additional Deliveries
You can vote on the video game of the decade.

Speaking of video games, MIT has another interesting study that you may want read if you are a video game maven.

Hopes for another Superman movie will be squashed with this news.

More thoughts on ABC's weird double standard with Adam Lambert not being on Good Morning America, but Chris Brown is?

And in your daily addition of marijuana news: A 24 year old opens up a marijuana school in Michigan.

And your Open Thread video, Lego's version of "The Matrix."

More to come....

Midday Music Energy Boost/Catch Up On Things Thread For 11/30/09: Raheem Devaughn feat Ludacris- Bulletproof

Your Midday energy boost video. From Raheem Devaughn, feat Ludacris, here's the underrated "Bulletproof", which is certainly one of the songs of the year.


Obama is back above 50% in the Gallup Poll.

Another damn noncombat casualty in Iraq. Sad.

Joe Biden had a fired up video released this morning on health care reform:


I have not noticed one news organizations here in America talk a single word about that British inquiry into Iraq that is going on. And I haven't seen not one organization talk about how Cheney and Bush let bin Laden get away.

Unsurprising but disturbing nevertheless.

More to come today at TWD. Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sports Sunday Thread #4 For 11/29/09: NFL Week 12 Late Games Review

Photo from AP's Wade Payne
LL Cool J can probably say again today, PHILIP RIVERS!!!!

The 49ers get a much needed win, while the Jaguars come back to the pack again.

The fun for Brett Favre, Brad Childress, and the Vikings continue. The not so fun for Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, and the Bears continues.

And Vince Young is back.........for those who needed a final reminder of that.

And the Ravens get a much needed win, and avoid the embarrassment of losing to Dennis Dixon.

The One Sentence Thread For 11/29/09: A Feeling Of A Majority Of This Nation

It is more relevant to know about Tiger Woods' wereabouts than have outrage over us letting Bin Laden get away, or Tony Blair lying about Iraq.

Sunday Soulful For 11/29/09: SWV- Weak (1992)

In 1992, Sisters With Voices (SWV) graced the R&B world with their soulful voices on their debut album "It's About Time."

That double-platinum album featured several hits, including tonight's Sunday Soulful selection, "Weak." The group, after many years hiatus with failed or never developed solo efforts, is coming back next year with an album.

Hopefully they can produce quality tracks next year like this classic from 17 years ago. Amazing how time files.

Once again, here's SWV, with "Weak." Your Sunday soulful selection.

Remember, as always, suggestions are welcome for Sunday Soulful here at TWD's Weekend schedule. Either hit me via Twitter or email at jerell4jesus@gmail.com.

Sports Sunday Thread #3 For 11/29/09: NFL Week 12 Early Game Review

Photo From AP's David J.Phillip
Game ball to Chris Redman? A sentence Falcons coach Mike Smith and their fans probably thought he would never utter.

Terell Owens is a happy man for a 2nd straight week, while Tony Soprano will not be though.

The Eagles woke up in time not to suffer another bad loss, sweeping the Redskins this season.

The Rams are so bad that they allow Justin Forsett to gain 130 yards and two TD's to keep faint hopes of anything alive.

It's official.....Darell Revis is the best cornerback in football. Just ask Steve Smith and the Panthers today.

Well, what do you know? Larry Johnson had over a 100 yards as the Bengals look a sure bet to win the AFC North.

And despite not having Sanders, Jackson, and Dwight Freeney for this game, the Colts improved to 11-0 today against a Texans team, which looks to be on the verge not being good enough for the postseason once again.

Sunday Crap Show Highlights For 11/29/09

It seems thankfully there aren't many highlights today of these pieces of crap shows (helped by the fact that NBC's "The David Gregory Show" was focusing on non-political stuff). In fact, one of them is worth watching and hearing, while the other sure as hell isn't.

Bernie Sanders, as always, is on the side of common sense and rational thinking. He is obviously not happy about the troop increases expected to be announced by President Obama in Afghanistan.


Nutcases like Jon Kyl will b all over the airwaves saying an exit strategy just won't do in Afghanistan


Thankfully, only two highlights from the Sunday crap shows. Shockingly, with all the Afghanistan news that John McCain was not on a single Sunday talk show. But never fear, he maybe on another one (or two) next week!

Sports Sunday Thread #2 For 11/29/09: BBVA La Liga- Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 56th minute volley off great work from the offensively minded fullback Dani Alves has placed Barcelona back on top of La Liga in their El Classico first derby with Real Madrid this year.

Both teams ended with 10 men, as Sergi Busquets was sent off of in the 63rd minute, while Lassana Diarra left the pitch in stoppage time.

Madrid had their chances and probably should have come out with nothing short of a tie. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were denied by Victor Valdes and Iker Castillas respectively, though they arguably should have scored with the chances they had.

At day's end, once again, Barcelona own Madrid on the final scoreline. But with the standings so tight between these two, the title in La Liga will go down to the wire.

And the second meeting in the Spanish's capital later this season could be even more massive.

Tony Blair's Painful Lies On Iraq Being Revealed

Remember earlier in the week when the British began their independent inquiry into Iraq? Well, this massive tidbit that few will notice in this country, especially our corporate media, was dropped today about Tony Blair.

He bullied his Parliament thanks to his lies about Iraq it appears
An explosive secret letter that exposes how Tony Blair lied over the legality of the Iraq War can be revealed.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the war will interrogate the former Prime Minister over the devastating 'smoking gun' memo, which warned him in the starkest terms the war was illegal.

The Mail on Sunday can disclose that Attorney General Lord Goldsmith wrote the letter to Mr Blair in July 2002 - a full eight months before the war - telling him that deposing Saddam Hussein was a blatant breach of international law.

It was intended to make Mr Blair call off the invasion, but he ignored it. Instead, a panicking Mr Blair issued instructions to gag Lord Goldsmith, banned him from attending Cabinet meetings and ordered a cover-up to stop the public finding out.

All the dirt that is to be revealed about the lies, and how the Cheney Administration facilitated in the perpetuation of those fallacies will truly be eye-gauging to read about, as well as debilitating to here about as well.

Not surprising of course, but just imagine if we had an open and public inquiry ourselves. It would arguably be an even uglier sight to behold, because Britain didn't lead the United States into invading Iraq.

We lead them.

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 11/29/09: Chelsea Cement Themselves As The Team To Beat With 3-0 Trashing Of London Rivals Arsenal

Photo from Getty Images
No question about it. Chelsea are not only the best team in England right now. You can easily argue so far that they are the best team in the world right now. And Didier Drogba, again, performs in the big moments.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

CNN, You're Too Poor

Photo from WaPo's Bill O'Leary
The Heene family has nothing on these attention whores. I mean, seriously, they turned down Larry King in hopes of....
Television industry executives said on Saturday that Michaele and Tareq Salahi had postponed plans for an interview Monday on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and were seeking top-dollar bids for their first television interview.
Well, I feel like laughing royally at CNN and Larry King getting turned down by these fools here. Clearly always going for a chance to get ratings any any cost out of a slide show story, they have complete egg yoke on their face for being deemed "not expensive enough" for these wannabes.

Hopefully the rest of the networks will notice this and not raise these yahoos' egos anymore by giving them the interview, and actually paying them for it as well.

COBRA Benefits Going Away On Monday

In today's top story from McClatchy that has caught the attention of Duncan "Atrios" Black and Marcy "Emptywheel" Wheeler, there will be a number of unemployed Americans on Monday who will not have any more COBRA subsidy to help drastically with paying for their health care.

The program's duration, originally set up from the stimulus bill, has caught the eye of the Congressional figures who really do care about the American people. And they have urged something to be done about this:
Earlier this month, Sen. AI Franken, D-Minn., spoke on the Senate floor of a 57-year-old constituent from Lakeville named "Gregory" who was laid off from his printing job in March and now depends heavily on his COBRA subsidy........

"In today's dismal economy, who has $940 each month to spend on health insurance, especially if you don't have a job?" Franken said. " . . . Now is not the time to put another burden on struggling families."

Franken and other Democratic senators wrote a letter this week urging party leaders to act on the COBRA Subsidy Extension and Enhancement Act of 2009 (S. 2730). The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, would increase the subsidy from 65 percent to 75 percent, extend it from nine to 15 months and push the initial expiration date to next June.

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., sponsored a similar measure in the House of Representatives.
At least it is encouraging to see some on the hill, including truly moderate or progressive figures, be alart to this major life dilemma for the down trodden in the nation.

11/28/09: TWD's Agenda For This Saturday: Open Thread

Those Catholic priest have it good over there in Ireland.

The king of making electric chairs is in China.

Maxim says that these are 100 of the funniest jokes. I'll let you be the judge of that.

This idiot.

And since this is an open thread, let's just keep the ball moving.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Friday Night Open Thread For 11/27/09

Come in Montell:

Enjoy the night everyone.

The Black Friday Open Thread #2 For 11/27/09: More Gate Crasher-Gate Aftermath

First off, this photo just released from the White House. Lord, these people even met Obama:
The Secret Service is obviously, and deservedly so, embarrassed about you know what:
“Although these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely,” Mr. Sullivan said. “That failing is ours.”
And they weren't done in castigating themselves
"The Secret Service is deeply concerned and embarrassed by the
circumstances surrounding the State Dinner on Tuesday, November 24.
Obama is calling for a probe into this matter, unsurprisingly of course
President Barack Obama asked for a full review of how a Virginia couple under consideration for the cast of a reality-TV show was able to crash Tuesday's state dinner for the prime minister of India, a White House official said Friday.
This serves as your second open thread of the day, because it sure is as crazy as any story usually found in an open thread.

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 11/27/09: Redman- Time 4 Sum Aksion (1992)

The song that started it all for one Reggie Noble. From 1992, off his debut album "Whut? Thee Album", it's Redman with "Time 4 Sum Aksion."

"The Funky Fly stuff!"

Sports Thread #1 For 11/27/09: Alabama Survives, Wins Iron Bowl Thriller Over Bitter Rivals Auburn

Photo from AP's Dave Martin

Greg McElroy has been maligned as possibly the only thing holding back Alabama from winning a national title this year, just like John Parkwer Wilson was last year in my mind.

Today though, and especially in the game winning drive he anchored, he sure wasn't a man holding them back from winning the title. He and Trent richardson stepped up on a day where Mark Ingram was bottled in all up against arch nemesis Auburn.

12-0 they go, undefeated just like last year going into the SEC title game. And just like last year, it will be against Tebow, Meyer, and Florida.

The most important question, however is this (and CBS help this will be a "No"): Will Florida enter the game in Atlanta with one loss like last year?

More Evidence Of How That Asia Trip Was An "Epic Fail"

Because a humble bow of great respect wasn't the lone symbol of how "disappointing" it was for our President's trip to Asia.

Look at the further aftermath of that fail:

And more:


And more from Fellows:

And yet... my favorite newspaper of all, the (state-controlled) China Daily, has just indicated in its November 25 edition that China's recent year-long freeze on the value of the RMB may be about to end. (Thanks to my friend Jeremy Goldkorn, of Danwei.org in Beijing, for the tip.) If Obama had "demanded" this in public, or insisted that it be announced while he was standing next to Hu Jintao in Beijing, his "toughness" might have received better one-day coverage in the U.S. press or on SNL. But the chances of his getting what he was after would be nil. Of course, the chances are still uncertain. But this was the major item on the economic-rebalancing agenda; and the Administration's argument all along was that influencing China's behavior was a long game. This news story is not conclusive but does support rather than weaken the long-game approach.
Now it remains to be seen whether China will go through fully on their emissions promises, as well as the economic exchange flexibility announcement.

But for a trip that nutcase conservatives rushed to label it a complete, utter failure, they are the ones who are, as usual, the ones that failed.

The Break For 11/27/09: Tiger Woods Seriously Hurt In A Car Crash (Released From Hospital, Agent Says He's Fine)

Shocking awful breaking news at the moment. Tiger Woods has been involved in a car accident near his home in Florida, from what reports have indicated. More to come on this shocking news.

Update: The Orlando Sentinel is reporting the incident happened early this morning
Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway in the Isleworth community about 2:25 a.m. when he struck a fire hydrant, and then drove into a tree at his neighbor's property, FHP reported.

Woods was transported to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee in serious condition, FHP said. No other information about his condition has been released.

A Health Central hospital employee said at 2:30 p.m. that Woods was not a patient. A hospital operator would not say if Woods had been treated and released.
Update 2: Woods is being treated for facial lacerations. And alcohol wasn't involved in this, by the way.

Update 3: Woods is in the hospital, and chargers are actually being pended on him by the Florida Highway Patrol on this.

Update 4: Mark Steinberg, his agent and IMG powerhouse, said that Woods is fine. Now it is indicated that he has been released from the hospital and is okay.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 11/27/09: Sade- No Ordinary Love (1992)

With news of their upcoming album coming out February 8 of next year, here is the first flashback video of the day, from the legendary group Sade (with its of course legendary lead vocal female of course). The video is straight fire.

"No Ordinary Love", as TWD Friday continues on this Black Friday.

The Black Friday Open Thread #1 For 11/27/09

Happy Black Friday everyone. Hope you avoided stampedes if you woke up early this morning.
Happy 50th birthday to Rocky and Bullwinkle

Before this Thanksgiving, this nation was already a fat one. Also apart of the fat list are Germany, Egypt, Israel, and Britain.

And imagine how much fatter the US would be if they didn't throw out this much food.

In as informal as a tone as you will see from me on this website, Suck on that AT&T!

13 seasons of South Park, wow. But it is not the best animated show on television though.

An interesting article on Hezbollah here.

And for all my Muslim friends, colleagues, and throughout, a happy Eid Mubarak as the Haji season concludes:
Since all religious celebrations are in a huge way a cleansing of hearts and souls, so are they a call to people to lead lives away from the kind of squalor that some often create through littering on Eid-ul-Azha. Let such a spirit of cleanliness be upheld. At the same time, let the city authorities ensure that the sacrifice of animals on Eid will be quickly followed by mopping up activities aimed at keeping our streets clean.

We wish all our readers Eid Mubarak!
More to come ladies and gentleman. Hope that if you got up in the morning today, you were able to purchased what you wanted.

Because it sure would be awful if you didn't.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sports Thread #1 For 11/26/09: Texas Goes Into Big 12 Title Game Undefeated

Photo from Getty Images' Aaron M. Sprecher


Yeah, it's Texas A&M's awful defense and all. And Jerrod Johnson really pilfered and raided on the Longhorns overrated defense. But just Nebraska in the Big 12 title game is in the way to the BS Title game for Colt McCoy and company.

Thanksgiving at TWD: Rocko's Modern Life



Oh Dear

A corporate media's wet dinner.

Let the Bushies and the Right go cheer and preach about inexperience again.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Welcome to TWD's Thanksgiving Weekend: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving







The Daily Open Thread For 11/25/09: Getting You Into The Mode

The Top 10 Thanksgiving Dinners in Movies.

If I was this little boy, I would be in punished by my folks forever after their relief in me being alive.

More fun jabs at Twilight.

This will be talked about later tonight, but this wasn't good news to see. And you can see why, even in these times, they are seriously asking for donations.

Via his Twitter page, the co-writer with Quentin Tarantino of Pulp Fiction is keeping his relevance alive.

A renowned spamming A-hole is going to jail for over 4 years.

More to come.....

Sports Thread #1 For 11/25/09: Allen Iverson To Retire

Photo from AP
Stephen A. Smith announced on his radio show that Allen Iverson is retiring from the NBA after 14 seasons (really 13 and a little bit more technically) in the league.

More to talk about to come, but he created this type of ending for himself. He just couldn't deal with the fact of not being the premiere man on the team. And even more disturbing is the fact that he placed that more on his heart than winning an NBA title.

Again, breaking news, Allen Iverson is retiring from the game after 13 plus seasons.

The Catch Up On Many Things Thread For 11/25/09:

Oh dear, Dana Perino has another painfully stupid moment

Now you can see more and more why she was given that government broadcast job. Her stupidity and hate have no end.

But the question needs to be asked to her......does she even want that job after she slammed Obama like that?

Another person thinking people were going to have an immediate case of amnesia is one Lou Dobbs, who thinks Hispanics will automatically love him now that he is thinking seriously about public office.

Good to see that Obama is going back to Copenhagen, but let's hope it is for legit climate change talk instead of just grandstanding photo ops.

It's what they get for trying to deal with the crazy
The White House has just released its visitor logs for November, and here’s a fascinating little nugget: The chief of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce visited the White House nearly a dozen times in one month.

The White House only took the gloves off against the Chamber after the news broke that it was hoping to fund a “study” finding that health care reform is a job killer, and it’s now clear that in advance of that, White House officials worked hard to resolve the standoff, albeit to no avail.
Speaking of those visitor logs, here they are.

And Turkey pardoning from the President!


Okay, here's the real video! "Courage" is the lucky bird.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Daily Open Thread #2 For 11/24/09: Blossom

The one known as Ms. OChristine popped the 90's NBC TV sitcom show Blossom in my head yesterday.

Now, though I was never a massive fan of the show (or even a casual follower of it), I am a sucker for 90's nostalgia. It had a great theme show, and the episodes I saw of it were enjoyable.

And with that, this Open thread is sorta dedicated towards it. Here's the fun theme song to the show, because they sure as hell don't make these intos like they use to anymore:


Way back in January this year, CBS' The Early Show interviewed the two main stars of the show to see where they were at. And thankfully, it seems both of them are doing well.


I couldn't give you any embed video because the embed was taken off over at Youtube, so in order to see old school episodes, just role over there.

Enjoy.

Music Thread #1 For 11/24/09: The Runthrough

The Adam Lambert thing will get addressed later on if I have time and energy today to talk about it, but here is the whole news run through:
Well, at least they left him before he had the chance to leave them!
Diddy's boy group Day26 have reportedly parted ways with the rap mogul's Bad Boy Entertainment label.

According to Day26's Willie, the group still maintains a level of respect and unity with Puff's label.
They haven't gotten any traction at all in their careers since winning on that show. But at least they didn't let him do to them what he has done to "Dream", "Tha Band" "B-5", and "Danity Kane!"

The Used are still around it seems.

There's rumors of a potential Jimmy Page, Aerosmith, and Eric Clapton formed supergroup album. That is pretty serious news in the rock world.

Apparently, Timbaland took off Chris Brown on his upcoming Shock Value 2 album. Even more newsworthy is the fact that Timbaland is even making a second album, considering the last wasn't good.

No one really brought it by the way.

Toni Braxton feat Trey Songz with the "So Yesterday" video:

It's really good to me.

Oh shoot, Sade is coming back!

And the widow of the late Pimp C is launching a Hip Hop Wellness Expo in honor of her late husband.

TWD Condolences And Sports Thread #2 For 11/24/09: Washington Wizards Owner Abe Pollin Passes Away Today At 85

One of the long time and throwback owners in the sports world, for both the Wizards and the Capitals, has passed away at 85 years of age with a rare brain disease.

And Pollin was generous individual in the nation's capital
He was also a major philanthropist in the community, paying for affordable housing and endowing a local Boy's and Girl's Club. His grandest project was building the MCI Center (now Verizon Center) in 1997 and triggering a stunning renaissance of Gallery Place and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Whole Delivery sends its condolences to him, his family, his friends, and the organizations of the teams he owned.

The Daily Open Thread For 11/24/09: TRONN Thread

The Rational Online News Network, or known as T.R.O.N.N. by me, is always filled with stories that tell the whole perspective.

Oh the hilarity of this continues:

Maybe he should have Alex Castellanos be his running mate to help "bridge that gap."

The Doug Hoffman comeback story is over. Sad.

Remember, it is all in the good name of free speech!!!


Speaking of more great racism on the Obamas, this situation has placed a highly uncomfortable burden on Google's plate.

The Orly Tatiz of health care reform is still at it.

The painful reality of Recession stories, especially from recent graduates whose hopes have been severely damaged amidst the crisis.

I don't expect Mika Brezinski to talk with Matt Halperin about this on Morning Joe I bet.

And I don't expect Halperin to have a friendly conversation with Jason Linkins either:
This image is now only available through the magic of Google cache, because it was taken down, apparently because SOMEONE at Time is operating above a third-grade level.

In any case, Mark Halperin is the worst and should be publicly scorned.
Add another to the "Eric Cantor is a really idiot" file.

Ta-nehisi Coates is a guy who I have sadly not linked before this moment. Embarrassing from me.

And NYCEVE was down at that health care clinic held in Arkansas on Saturday. And man, were there things you needed to see:

That is what has been going around on TRONN today.

Sports Thread #1 For 11/24/09: 2009 UEFA Champions League- Big Night

The massive contest between Inter Milan and Barcelona, with Barcelona up 2-0 thanks to slick passing and playing like the champions form last season they were.
Free Videos by Ustream.TVMore updates on the other big matches of the night.

The Break For 11/24/09: Census Bureau Guy Committed Suicide On Himself, From What Police Say


The Associated Press have reported that instead of someone killing this man, he killed himself
A Kentucky census worker found naked, bound with duct tape and hanging from a tree with “fed” scrawled on his chest killed himself but staged his death to make it look like a homicide, authorities said Tuesday.

Bill Sparkman, 51, was found Sept. 12 near a cemetery in a heavily wooded area of southeastern Kentucky. A man who found the body in the Daniel Boone National Forest has said Sparkman also was gagged and had an identification badge taped to his neck.
Many, including myself, strongly speculated about whether anti-government forces killed this man. Instead, those vibes were proven wrong here.

And hopefully there will be those who felt that same feeling I did to fess up and show more caution next time.

11/24/09: TWD's Agenda For The Day- Something That You Won't See In America

Photo from Al Jazeera
When someone still brags about the United States being the beacon of democracy and transparent government, it would behoove you to point them to the latest example of that belief being a very questionable one (and that's being nice about it).

Today over in London, a public inquiry is being conducted by the British population into why on Earth their country was a protagonist in the misery that is the Iraq War.

With how the "we must look forward" phrase continues to go in circulations in Washington D.C., our version of what is going on in the UK capital probably won't be taking place at all.
One-time senior officials from the foreign and defence ministries will outline Britain's policy towards Baghdad in early 2000, as the five-member committee investigates what lessons can be learned from the US-led war.

John Chilcot, the inquiry chairman and a former civil servant, said he was confident of producing a "full and insightful" account of the decision-making that led Britain to join the 2003 invasion against strong opposition at home and abroad.
Hell, even if someone in the Justice Department (or even State Department) had the temerity to start momentum towards our own public inquiry into the illegal war, I picture Cheney, Bush, and the others of that Administration would somehow be allowed to ignore it. Not the case with their buddy bud across the pond
An appearance by (Tony) Blair, who took Britain into the conflict, is likely to be the highlight of the inquiry, although he and other Labour government figures are not due to give evidence until next year.
Some in Britain are dubbing the inquiry "unprecedented", as things swept under the rug will possibly be revealed
Shane Greer, executive editor of Total Politics, a British political magazine and website, told Al Jazeera that he believes the inquiry will uncover new information about the Iraq war.

"First of all the scope of this inquiry is absolutely unprecedented."

"And also the inquiry has been given the power to apportion blame which really is quite incredible."
Now the public injury is not a trial, and Blair and his cronies have a few months to try and get their stories together to limit the damage they will face.

But at the very least, some stuff that the powers that be (or "the powers that were" to be technically correct) will be further revealed of how Britain was led in America's lying of going to war in Baghdad.

And you can bet that serious inquisition into the Cheney Administration will boil up again with the stuff talked about in this inquiry.

The Rise "n" Shine Thread For 11/24/09

The morning wakeup call music video, Lupe Fiasco's "Kick Push":

lupe fiasco - kick push


Additional Deliveries
5 ways restaurants provide you with better service.

William Shatner had a chance to be in the Star Wars film, but something went down that lead to him not.

College humor does it again:


Construction is beginning in Britain on potentially the fastest land speed car ever.

Hopefully it was a sentence mistake:


The baby crib recall thing prevented a hell of a lot of scary unfortunate incidents.

And for those, like me, who haven't brought into the whole "Edward-Bella" ish.


Your morning thread for this morning.

The Sleep Time Thread For 11/23-24/09: Just Tevin

Goodnight.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sports Thread #2 For 11/23/09: Vince The Prince Does It Again, Titans Beat Texans For Fourth Straight Win

REUTERS/Richard Carson
Only two games out of the wild card spot now, with Chris Johnson on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rushing record.

Maybe that Vince Young guy is truly our franchise QB is what Jeff Fisher must be thinking.

The Daily Open Thread For 11/23/09: Rachel Makes Joe Lie A Scared Guy

Mike Stark does it again with another up close interview, this time espousing how scared he is of coming on Rachel Madow's show.


Obviously, Rachel noticed that and talked about it on her show:

And the classy Rachel declined to say "It's official, I scare the mess out of Joe Lieberman."

Additional Deliveries
This incident with that BART police officer is "OH Boy" one indeed.

How in the hell is Idris Elba not on this list?

Microsoft denies the claim that there are one million banned XBOX360's?

I don't believe this list one bit.

There are many reasons why the "Running of the bills" event in Spain is held once a year officially. This story is certainly the latest.

And haha if this site gets here one day!

Sports Thread #1 For 11/23/09: Mauer Wins AL MVP In A Run Away

Only Albert Pujols winning the MVP in the NL will be more least surprising. Still, I wonder who gave Jeter or Teixeira the first place vote:
Mauer received 27 of the 28 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers Association of America to easily outdistance Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.

The 26-year-old Mauer batted .365 to earn his second straight A.L. batting crown. He had 327 points in the voting, well ahead of Teixeira, who had 225, and Jeter with 193.

Music Thread #1 For 11/23/09: AMA Show Review

For a third rate awards show that gets overshadowed by the VMA's and the Grammy's (considering its date isn't always guaranteed at the same time of the year sometimes), the AMA's usually does have people talking about it the next day.

That was the case with the people performing at the event, and the way their performances turned out:

J-Lo had a great entrance and all (Michael Buffer, hello!), but a mediocre song and the fall at the 3:01 moment really became the last memory for most.


Adam Lambert's performance was more than over the top:


Lady Gaga's ness


Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performance, with the camera views through the audience being so funny by the way.


And Janet Jackson


Gosh at all these accolades and pressure they are putting on Taylor Swift now. The fact that the voters choose her over the posthumous Michael Jackson for "Artist Of The Year" was embarrassing indeed.

Please, Please, Please Let It Happen.

The comedy will be great to see, even though I highly doubt this will happen:
Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has never been elected to any government office, but he said Monday he’s considering a run for the White House in 2012.

During an interview on WTOP radio in Washington, Dobbs fueled rumors he’s seeking a bid for public office, possibly the highest office in the land, when asked if speculation about an Oval Office bid is “crazy talk.”

“What’s so crazy about that?” Dobbs, 64, replied. “Golly!”
He will surly excite the Hispanic base if he runs, that's for sure.

But in the long run, I think he realizes deep inside how at campaign will become part of the comedy Hall of Fame if he does become more engrossed in his Presidential hopes.

Then again, with how crazy he has become over the last few years, the thoughts of him actually believing he has a voting block and independent cred is possible.

11/23/09: TWD's Agenda Of The Day- Is It Still Worth It?

Josh Marshall presents a point of justified lament about how watered down the current public options have been:
Now, there are many people who look at this and say that the bill(s) under discussion are so anemic that they're maybe not worth fighting for at all. And that's certainly a legitimate opinion. But I think there's another question. Considering how down to the wire this is, is it really worth holding up everything else contained in the bill when the point of contention, the public option, is as measly as it is?
It really is concerning, with how the non-negotiated rates for a public option in the House was effectively lost from the get go, how the quality of reform in this bill isn't strong as it should be.

It's hard to continue getting excited over the public option when its effectiveness is being abated it seems with every passing second. From those non-negotiated rates to the start of (at least) opt-out public option ( 2013 at the earliest?), you can feel the "what's the point" mentality from some on it. Add the fact that lack of clarity with who is even eligible for it, and there are fundamentally a lot of problems with the most essential element in the eyes of many for reform.

Still, there will be affordable health insurance for some who have never had such a thing in this country if current bills are passed. Something has to pass with that at least in there.

The pressure needs to remain mounting on LIE-berman and those other three who just want to be like him (Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, and Blanche Lincoln).

And the pressure of reconciliation will grow on Harry Reid here again if those four corrupt idiots keep on with their "no on any public option" rhetoric.

The process has come too far to let the status quo win everything. They have already gained a hell of a lot so far.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The All Day Saturday Thread For 11/21/09

Since I will be away for most of the day thanks to the nostalgia I will feel in Boston.

The week and review from Media Matters:


Non-compelling college football matches will not be on here today even if the activity was constant today. So, here are Saturday deliveries:

Nutcases in Colorado yesterday, with this billboard for the whole world to see:

I take it the Heene family isn't behind that one. That's the only positive I can take from that

Chyron 101 again from Fixed, even though they got this one right too along with the one they did of Baucus.


If the sport needed anymore questions of its integrity after this week.

The guide to deep fried turkey for your Thanksgiving.

A woman leaves her life saying.......for the Virgin Mary.

Free web apps to help your decorate your PC for Holiday time.

More dreadful news for you fans of the New York Giants, as Antonio Pierce is out for a while.

And my Obama partisans, you may not love this one. Because it is pretty scathing.

Enjoy this video, and the rest of your day.....hopefully I will have time to come back:

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11/21/09: TWD's Agenda For This Saturday: Obnoxious Senators Glaore

It's Saturday, that's mean Luda!

All day coverage of what I have heard so far has been a (expletive) show, including the Republicans wanting the Stupak Amendment (surprise!).

Mary Landrieu got her two seconds of headlines today for doing a technically un-headline thing that should have been done a while ago. And she still hates the current Senate bill, by the way.

You can also go here and here for all day coverage....but you probably have been well on those sites before my obviously late post here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 11/20/09: A Replay of Video #1

Because it was great the first time, it's even better seeing it again the second time.

The Break For 11/20/09: Another Campus Shooting

Oh boy, another nut on the loose with a gun on a college campus.

Update: The suspect is now in custody as "all cleared" has been issued. As of this moment, I don't know how many people, if any, wear injured on this campus. Let's not hope any at all.

The Type Of Breaking News Nowadays


Really Democratic senators that should be following their party line to just allow a vote on a Democratic bill should be standard news.
Sen. Ben Nelson announced Friday he will vote for a cloture motion Saturday that clears the way for Senate debate on health care reform.

Nelson, a centrist Democrat who holds one of the key votes required to prevent a Republican filibuster, said the Senate needs to "start trying to fix a health care system that costs too much and delivers too little for Nebraskans."
Now he will continue to bask in the attention of slowing rather than "starting to fix" of course.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 11/20/09: Tag Team-Whoomp There It Is

From 1993, here is this week's first selection for the Flashback Friday, that ALWAYS gregarious and great "Whoop There It Is" from Tag Team! You never know what you we see on the Flashback Fridays at The Whole Delivery.

The Rise "n" Shine Thread For 11/20/09: Runthrough

Same old Lou

Another "where are the nation's obese people at" study?

8 Innocent pranks that went horribly wrong.

And yet, there will probably more people in starvation after this.

Usually when the media asks you the question "why all this attention on a subject", they are always the answer.

100% chance that you probably haven't smoked more weed than this guy.

Skype news!

And curbing the usage of those that use the word "retarded" is this possible new law inspired by a 14 year old's love for his little 8 year old Down Syndrome sister.

It's Friday!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sports Thread #2 For 11/19/09: Who Will Be The One?

Hell, even if Domench was worth a damn as a coach, I would still be having a remarkably gutted feeling about this, as well as almost the entire footballing world.

I don't think there's anyone brave enough to tell Ireland to get over this one. Even their prime minister is getting involved in this (though thankfully the football federation of the Republic said that no government official should get in this).

So you try telling Ireland to get over it.

Unless you are
The curious irony in all of this is that many Irishmen chuckled at the misfortune of their old English foes after Diego Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" goal ended their World Cup dreams some 23 years ago.
Well, now they have their own injustice to throw into the hall of sporting infamy and, as the English will readily confirm, the pain they are feeling now is unlikely to disperse any time soon.
An English chap.

Bipartisanship That's Actually, You Know, Good!

Photo from Truthout.com
In this case, it is!

Thanks to Alan Grayson guy and RON PAUL, bipartisanship was actually in the favor of the American people in the push back on bank lobbying puppet Mel Watt, who tried to take away your chance to see what the hell transactions the Federal Reserve was doing with the financial industry.

Thankfully it didn't go Watt and his supporters way:
Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed an amendment to their financial regulatory reform bill that would mandate an audit of the Federal Reserve. The Paul-Grayson amendment, named for its chief sponsors, Reps. Ron Paul and Alan Grayson, passed the committee by a count of 43-26.
Almost with a similar feeling of last night's "Too Big Too Fail" banks vote, this one has a ways to go in order to be law.

The lobbying challenges will get strong, and there virtually is no chance that this will get passed before years end unless the extraordinary happens.

But it is a rare, VERY RARE, refreshing example of how not all bipartisanship, even in these times, is "corrupt status quo" behavior.

The One Sentence Thread For 11/19/09: Should Have Been Apart Of Stimulus Too

Instead of tax cuts, maybe the stimulus bill should have included New Moon Twilight series promotion.

The Tube For 11/19/09: The Unbreaking Oprah News That Broke

The news that everyone knew a few weeks ago is official:
The media mogul Oprah Winfrey will end her iconic daytime talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in 2011 as she prepares to start a cable channel of her own.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfrey’s production company confirmed Thursday evening that Ms. Winfrey will make the announcement on her program on Friday. The plans were first reported by WABC, the ABC affiliate in New York City.

“The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on September 9, 2011,” WABC said.
Fill that time spot Ellen....don't let that Wasilla Quitter fill it up.

Midday Music Energy Boost/Daily Open Thread For 11/19/09: Matisyahu- One Day (2009)



Add another to Republicans hating the American people
Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic effort Wednesday to immediately freeze increases in credit card interest rates, fees and finance charges.

Shortly after Democrats passed credit card reform legislation in May, the card companies began jacking up rates in advance of its implementation. Major parts of the act won't take effect until February and August of 2010.



After another great moment in journalism from them, they apologize.


Dana Perino sure is qualified for this job.

Additional deliveries:
For those trying to stay sober, this isn't the study report you probably need to see.

Lifetime does have some crazy movie title. Seriously.

And your cartoon episode for the day.......Huckberry Hound

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