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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Return Of The Flashback Fridays For 11/19/10: Digable Planets- Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That-1992)

Just like everything else on this site, the Flashback Friday has been on a lengthy hiatus. At least for today, its presence reintroduces itself with another timeless harmony.

From 1992, it is the one-hit group Digital Planets with "Rebirth of Slick (Cool is Back)" serving as the re-ignition of this series. Simply put, "the Flashbacks are back, Flashbacks are Back, Flashbacks are back, Flashbacks are back..."


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Album Sales Review For 11/10/10: The Genre Whose CD Sales Never Stale

Photo from Getty Images' Jemal Countess
It doesn't matter the time, country music CD sales will always be fine.

This Wednesday's installment of the Top 200 shows once again that it wouldn't be a terrible decision for any non-country artist to declare themselves part of that genre. Because it is a guarantee that people will buy your CD if you say you are.

Kanye's most famous victim continues her stunning numbers on her latest release, along with a few others right behind holding the flag for that unstoppable genre:
For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" starts at No. 2 (193,000) and Sugarland's former No. 1 "The Incredible Machine" slips one rung to No. 3 (60,000; down 32%).
And not to be forgotten is Brad Paisley's "Hits Alive" coming in at #9, giving four spots to a genre that leads its loyal fan base to garner its work physically deep in the digital era.

Someone needs to tell Bruno Mars to have a press conference announcement of his switch to this genre to facilitate his very disappointing sales.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Day After Press Conference

The day after a forgettable election night, President Obama indicated in his press conference that he is still opened to close talks with Republicans.

"We must find common ground, I am very eager to sit down with members of both parties."

But despite most of the White House press corps asking the same question on whether his policies and not the economy caused the massive loss of Democratic power, highlighted by the House going away, Obama firmly rejected that notion.

It was the usual centrist speech that was expected after a rough day, as guaranteed gridlock in already dysfunctional Washington D.C. comes.

In this author's perspective however, the highlight for the press conference wasn't even Obama's answers or demeanors, but another indication of how awful the press is for this nation.

The peculiar narrative of Obama (and Democrats) not willingly to negotiate with Republicans (when they have), has continued to aggrandized to the dismay of sanity. And our worthless, entitled press, along with corporate narcissists like Evan Bayh, still will never acknowledge that the Administration has always been at the center, and will remain there.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

They Won Something More Than The Pennant! The San Francisco Giants Are The MLB Champions For 2010 (Sports Thread Special)

After 56 years, with many of them residing in San Francisco, the baseball Giants have finally become champions once more.

Behind an outstanding young pitching staff, a scrappy unit of unsung positional players, and an astute manager longing for ultimate glory himself, the Giants have ended a long drought by defeating the Texas Rangers 3-1 tonight to clinch the 2010 installment of the World Series 4-1.

It was only fitting that staff ace Tim Lincecum was the man to spearhead a memorable evening, delivering eight terrific innings in outdueling Cliff Lee and allowing Brain Wilson to cap off a pitching masterclass in the 9th.

The pitchers' duel that was expected in Game 1 certainly came to fore-wishing in this encounter. Lee regained his impeccable control that led some to believe he was carving out the mantle of "greatest postseason pitcher of all time", but the reigning 2 time NL champion Lincecum was determined to be the night's #1 protagonist on the mound.

And he was granted that wish thanks to Edgar Renteria's 3-run homer off of Lee in the 7th that proved to be the final blow Bruce Bochy's team needed (and to grant Renteria with the MVP Award). Two innings later, pure euphoria swept across a team that wasn't sure until the final days of the regular season whether they would be in the postseason.

Now they can be sure, along with their long suffering fans, that they stand at the pinnacle of the sport.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Music Video 2010 at TWD Videos: Houdini- Freaks Come Out At Night (1984)

From 26 years ago, it's "Freaks Come Out At Night" from Houdini, staring your Halloween weekend at TWD:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Chronicles of BP For 10/28/10: Cutting Corners Is In Their Blood

Somehow, conservatives will still advocate for more deregulation despite more disturbing evidence of why enforcing rules and laws on powerful industries is paramount to a country's sanity:
Halliburton knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the bottom of the well was unstable but still went ahead with the job, the presidential commission investigating the accident said on Thursday.

In the first official finding of responsibility for the blowout, which killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in American history, the commission staff determined that Halliburton had conducted three laboratory tests that indicated that the cement mixture did not meet industry standards.
Corporations such as these have no shame in cutting corners, if if they violate crucial safety rules. And we see the disastrous effects of not only their ill-advised choices, but also the lack of sufficient punishment for them.

It's the current world we reside in, if you didn't know already.

(The link to the full article once again.)

Sports Thread For 10/28/10 (1st Edition): Girardi Coming Back

Well, this story didn't take long to reach its final chapter.

Joe Girardi will be returning to the Yankees after signing a 3 year deal with $9 million, ending any speculation of him going to manage the Chicago Cubs.

Giradi's previous contract of 3 years at $7.5 million was set to expire this Sunday, so there ends any further discussion of that.

You Couldn't Slap TARP As Hard As This Report Did

Though released earlier this week, it is very necessary to not forget the emphatic scolding of the Bank Bailout by its Special Inspector General.

And this summary from the notable "Economic Populist" really burns everyone at the Treasury, especially Timothy Geithner.

Hopefully though, as Geithner continues to get the hammering he deserves (with Obama his boss of course), people will never forget the architect of this Wall Street Welfare package Hank Paulson. He has continued to abscond from public condemnation so easily (just like all the other prominent figures of the Bush Administration), highlighting another element of our country's dysfunction.

If you haven't had a chance to read that summary of the lengthy 338 page report, I encourage you to see an utter slapfest done in simply understandable Layman's term.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Explaining The Whole Delivery's Absence

As you have clearly noticed, The Whole Delivery has long been inactive the last few weeks. The reason for this dormancy in the site is simply because of my current economic situation (job status), along with thoughts of trying to re-design this page to be more aesthetically pleasing to the readers.

I thank you all, especially the handful of people, still checking on whether this site has come back to life on a daily basis. And hopefully the ball will get back to rolling again.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Atlas For 10/8/10: Your "Socialist" France

Photo from the AFP
Always used as a beacon of beng an ideal "socialist country" by America's factually challenged right wing, France has acted in truly non-leftist ways over the last few months on two keys issues that reached contentious conclusions today.

The Senate in Paris has decided to raise their pension retirement age from 60 to 62, garnering a victory for President Nicolas Sarkozy at the backs of the proletariat. And the bleeding will likely continue, with the vote on raising the full benefits pension age from 65 to 67 next Friday.

But Sarkozy's troubling wishes becoming actual law didn't stop there with the benefits, as the ban on full-facial veils, a move virtually targeted at the Muslim community in the nation, was officially ruled legal by France's highest court.

The fact that France has somehow one-up America on Islamophobia sure is an extraordinary accomplishment in the most egregious of ways.

So next time, when someone from the US tells their friends from France about how "liberal" their country is, a huge laugh from their French comrades should be the reply they receive.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Torpedo Those Foreclosures Illegal By Sane Veto!

Today, the White House announced that President Obama will not sign H.R. 3808, the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, and will return the bill to the House of Representatives. The Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010 was designed to remove impediments to interstate commerce. While we share this goal, we believe it is necessary to have further deliberations about the intended and unintended impact of this bill on consumer protections, including those for mortgages, before this bill can be finalized.

Notarizations are important for a large range of documents, including financial documents. As the President has made clear, consumer financial protections are incredibly important, and he has made this one of his top priorities, including signing into law the strongest consumer protections in history in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. That is why we need to think through the intended and unintended consequences of this bill on consumer protections, especially in light of the recent developments with mortgage processors.
It was a hell hole bill that crept up to be an utter monstrosity out of nowhere.

What an embarrassment to functional governance the House of Lords (the Senate) continues to be.

Early Morning Deliveries For 10/7/10: As Illegal Foreclosures Pop Up, A Disastrous Bill Is About To Past

In the midst of illegal foreclosures from the likes of GMAC and possibly the big banks being challenged, a bill that rushed through the House of Lords of all places is one Obama signature away from hurting homeowners:
A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.

The bill, passed without public debate in a way that even surprised its main sponsor, Republican Representative Robert Aderholt, requires courts to accept as valid document notarizations made out of state, making it harder to challenge the authenticity of foreclosure and other legal documents.

The timing raised eyebrows, coming during a rising furor over improper affidavits and other filings in foreclosure actions by large mortgage processors such as GMAC, JPMorgan and Bank of America.
How convenient that while 450 other bills from the House are still sitting on the Senate's docket, this bill of all growing disastrous issues gets sped right through to the President's desk.

Hopefully it will be vetoed, because the financial institutions of this country are on the verge of scoring another victory over the little guy.

Music Wakeup Call For 10/7/10: Common- Come Close (2002)

Always one of the realest videos to go with a song. From 2002, it's Common's "Come Close" as today's wakeup call:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sports Thread #2 For 10/6/10: DOC-Tober Indeed

It will be unfathomable for some to look back and see that the question of whether Roy Halladay could pitch in the postseason was actually uttered.

It really was a legitimate ask, especially considering how the proven playoff performer he replaced, Cliff Lee, just came off another impressive outing to start baseball's second season.

Now that question will be eligible for all the audio laugh tracks around the country.

In what is clearly the greatest debut ever for a pitcher in the postseason, Halladay produced only the 2nd no-hitter in postseason history to give the Phillies a historic 4-0 Game 1 victory over the Reds.

Even more on this remarkable feat later.

And to see all 27 outs, there's the link.

The 2010 MLB Playoffs Thread #1/Sports Thread #1 For 10/6/10: Lee Pitches Latest Game 1 Jewel To Give Rangers The Advantage

Cliff Lee produced the desired return to the postseason for the Texas Rangers, as the ace left hander produced seven stellar innings to go along with an impressive offensive onslaught on David Price in their 5-1 win over the Rays.

The full review is here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sports Thread #2/The Break For 10/5/10: Randy Moss Getting Traded To The Vikings?

Photo from the AP
If things couldn't get more bizarre after Marshawn Lunch was traded away from Buffalo to Seattle in a rare NFL mid season trade, think again.

After trouncing the Dolphins last night, it's being reported that the Patriots are on the verge of trading Randy Moss to his first team, the Minnesota Vikings.

Talk about one of the jaw droppers of all time in league history with this happening.

More on this in a little while.

Tom Daschle Spills The Public Option Beans He Has To Pick Up Right Away

In the latest Beltway book that will garner some attention, Think Progress' industrial Igor Volsky certainly got a major catch today from Tom Daschle talking about his new book about how health insurance reform happened.

It's a revelation that sure won't endear the Obama Administration towards the base it has already upset too many times before:
I asked Daschle if the White House had taken the option off the table in July 2009 and if all future efforts to resuscitate the provision (the public option) were destined to fail:

DASCHLE: I don’t think it was taken off the table completely. It was taken off the table as a result of the understanding that people had with the hospital association, with the insurance (AHIP), and others. I mean I think that part of the whole effort was based on a premise. That premise was, you had to have the stakeholders in the room and at the table. Lessons learned in past efforts is that without the stakeholders’ active support rather than active opposition, it’s almost impossible to get this job done.They wanted to keep those stakeholders in the room and this was the price some thought they had to pay. Now, it’s debatable about whether all of these assertions and promises are accurate, but that was the calculation. I think there is probably a good deal of truth to it. You look at past efforts and the doctors and the hospitals, and the insurance companies all opposed health care reform. This time, in various degrees of enthusiasm, they supported it. And if I had to point out some of the key differences between then and now, it would be the most important examples of the difference.
So behind closed doors of late summer 2009, the public option was dead says a major primary source here. Yet, the Obama Administration didn't want to break the news of that highly unpopular move to its base, so it played the game of simply lying by telling everyone that they were fighting for it.

Immediately after this was published, Daschle released a statement basically rejecting what he wrote in his book, saying instead that he "did not mean to suggest in any way that the President was not committed to it" and that the President supported the public option 100%.

It really is quite amazing how Daschle refutes his own book in such a short period of time (because you know he was urged to do just as so once the White House spit whatever they were drinking out of their mouths reading it).

Obviously, if Daschle wanted to keep it a secret of how Obama really pulled the plug on the public option, then he should have had the common sense to not put it in his book at all. But the drive to place all the details in order for his book to be successful was paramount for Daschle, and now very damaging for President Obama.

They can try their hardest to cover up their responsibility of getting the bill that they wanted in the end. But the Obama Administration will continue to look like utter fools scared to just own up to what they did instead of hiding behind their favorite "Congress Didn't Allow Us" card.

The Tech Tuesdays For 10/5/10 (1st Edition): Ways To Speed Up Your Blackberry

For those who have a Blackbery, here are a few ways to speed it up:

Apparently, President Obama, Vice President Biden, the Administration that preceded them, and the ticket to the most dysfunctional campaign in modern history are secret characters in the new NBA Jam.

The future of Silicon Valley is questioned in a lengthy piece from Tech Crunch.

Their Third Drug

Thanks to our sad media culture, Republicans like former Bush budget director Rob Portman continue to get away with uttering tort reform as a good idea
After advocating for more tax cuts for the affluent and more deregulation, the third most absurd domestic policy request Republicans and conservatives love to make is their continued belief (or just their blatant interest for just the rich) that tort reform would be the chief problem solver for America's miserable health care system.

Both Rob Portman and Linda McMahon in their respective debates for the Senate last night unsurprising went to the same sad GOP playbook again. Even more depressing, however, was the fact that no one decided to fact check them about the continued ineffectiveness of that ridiculous idea.

To reiterate for another time, "tort reform" would do not a single thing except protect the powerful from their punishable mistakes. In fact, "tort reform" has always been a serious attack on the 7th Amendment of all things, but that's another idea too enormous for the tea party nutcases to march on.

Of course, that's the major problem with debates in this country, where the moderators and the panelists never conduct a single ounce of holding candidates accountable for their blatant misinformation. Just another jargon of words to confused the already frustrated voter.

It really is disturbing how one party freely is on the side of kicking the downtrodden and haven't suffered the consequences of how dangerous their ideas are. Instead, you have people like Portman (Bush's budget director of all people!) with a supposedly comfortable lead in a prominent swing state, laughing all the way at how he can be endorsed by big stupid newspapers.

When will people learn their lessons?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sports Sunday #4 For 10/3/10: Giants Defeated Padres On Final Day To Take NL West, Allow Bobby Cox & Braves To Win The Wild Card

Photo from MLB.com
The playoffs are set, as the San Francisco Giants, behind Jonathan Sanchez and their brilliant bullpen, are National League West champions after defeating the San Diego Padres 3-0. The loss eliminates the Padres from postseason baseball and allows Bobby Cox another day to manage, as the Atlanta Braves have won the Wild Card based on the result.

So the postseason in baseball is set, and more about it later at The Whole Delivery.

Sports Sunday Thread #3 For 10/3/10: NFL Week 4 Late Games

Photo from AP
Mike Vick's injury and Donovin McNabb's successful (if not pedestrian) return were all you needed to know with the Redskins 17-12 win over the Eagles.

The Texans get off to a fine 3-1 start with a 31-24 win over the Raiders in Oakland.

It was blowout city in San Diego today, as the Chargers hammer the Cardinals 41-10.

Josh Scobee's remarkable 59 yard kick gave the Jaguars a dramatic 31-28 win over the Colts.

And the Giants knock out not only Jay Cutler, but his backup Todd Collins, in a needed victory over the Bears.

Chicago's loss has now lead to the Kansas City Chiefs being the only undefeated team left in the league.

Sports Sunday Thread #2 For 10/3/10: NFL Week 4 Early Game Conclusions

(Photo from the AP)
Joe Flacco grew as a quarterback today, leading the Ravens to a satisfying 17-14 road win over the Steelers to go to 3-1 with their bitter rivals.

In the other AFC North contest, the battle of Ohio, Senace Wallace and Peyton Hillis lead the Browns to their first win of the season over the Bengals 23-20. Terell Owens did have a remarkable day however, finishing with 10 catches for 220 yards.

The Jets hammered the Bills 38-14 behind another rejuvenated effort from LaDanian Tomlinson. They go to 3-1 while the Bills are still winless.

It was heartbreak for the 49ers today, as the Falcons pull it off with a field goal from to win 16-14. Atlanta goes to 3-1, while San Francisco still desperate for that first win.

The Saints were able to pull off their latest close one at the Superdome this week, holding off a valiant Panthers team 16-14.

The same could be said of the Lions being tough, but their qualify effort was not enough in the Packers getting a 28-26 win over them at Lambeau.

Despite not having any inkling of a running game, the Broncos are 2-2 after defeating the Titans in Nashville 26-20.

And Sam Bradford continued his fine progression right now, as the Rams go 2-2 by handling the road challenged Seahawks 20-3.
Photo from AP

The Sunday Atlas For 10/3/10 (1st Edition): 20 Years After The Fall of The Wall

Octoberfest is in full swing in Deutschland, as the nation celebrates a full two decades after the Berlin Wall collapsed:
Chancellor Angela Merkel is leading the celebrations, hosted by the northern city of Bremen, where tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out.

Capitalist West and communist East Germany merged on 3 October 1990 following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Sunday is also the day Germany makes the last payment on debt stemming from reparations imposed after World War I.

(More to come in this edition of The Atlas.)

Sports Sunday #1 For 10/3/10: Drogba & Alex Lead Chelsea To Another Win Over Arsenal

After last week's defeat to Manchester City, Chelsea regain their mantle as best team in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at Stanford Bridge.

It was their 5th straight defeat of the Gunners, as it highlighted Didier Drogba's 13 goal against Arsene Wenger's side. It seemed Arsenal could still grab a late equalizer to share the points, but a wonderful free kick from Alex late in the 2nd half secured Chelsea another big three points.

The Blues move four points ahead in the standings, with their conquerors from last week in 2nd now with 4 points after their 2-1 win over Newcastle.

The result of Week 7 in this league though was clearly Blackpool's 2-1 road victory over Liverpool. Dire times indeed for Roy Hodgson and the Anfield Nation.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 10/1/10: M.O.P- Ante Up (2000)

(Viewer listener and discretion is strongly advised for this one).

From a decade ago, a song near and dear to my heart since its video was filmed a few blocks away from me.

Nothing but pure grittiness and not for the faint of heart, here's Brooklyn's M.O.P with "Anteeeeee Up, Kidnap that Fool." This one is really only for those deep embedded fans of the rap game, even if it's all about sticking someone up:

The Break For 10/1/10: Rick Sanchez Fired From CNN

After his comments surfaced, not a surprised this was the inevitable end result.
But man was his firing shift as possible.

The Cinema For 10/1/10: Maybe Apart Of Your Next Status Update

Hopefully this will lead to all the jokes of a Twitter and MySpace movie ending, as "The Social Network" is finally hear for everyone to see.
Jesse Eisenburg acts out his fellow "Burg" to a tee in 2010's latest class movie
And it is certainly is among the quintessence of 2010 films, an eye brow raising reality considering how derided the original thought of it was.

The top two keys that make this "movie of the year" material are its directing and the dialogue.

All of it is highlighted in its glorified opening scene, as the Silicon Valley Mercury News' Charlie McCollum notes:
You are plopped down in a Boston restaurant in the fall of 2003. On one side of the table, there's Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), then a Harvard student but soon to be the co-founder of Facebook. On the other side, there's Erica Albright (Rooney Mara), a Boston University coed he's been dating.

What follows is a verbal knife fight between two smart people (one, Zuckerberg, arguably smarter than the other or anyone else in the room) throwing out rapid-fire lines that cut and slice. It's a dazzling piece of writing that ends with Erica setting the tone for the movie's view of Zuckerberg.
Definitely one of the great starts to a movie you will ever see.

From having the same suffix in his last name to exuding the arrogance that his character is based on, Jesse Eisenburg certainly gets out of that "he's the other Michael Cera" comparison in this film. But everyone else, from Justin Timberlake to Andrew Gaverin, really was top class in this film.

People, including yours truly, laughed when the idea of a movie based on Facebook was going to happen. But when David Flincher and Aaron Sorkin were said to be behind it, a lot of serious movie people started to treat this as a legitimate cinema.

It really is blossoming into an Oscar contender in the perspective of Reel Views' James Berardinelli:
Much will be written about whether The Social Network is unfair to the real Mark Zuckerberg, but that seems to me to be a red herring. This is a narrative feature based on a true story, not a documentary, so expectations of real-world veracity should be taken with a grain of salt. The character of Mark Zuckerberg as represented by Sorkin and Fincher is fascinating and his journey is compelling, involving as it does so many aspects of the electronic era human experience: friendship, obsession, big ideas, betrayal, and lots of money. This is the 2010 Oscar season's first drama to live up to the hype and expectations associated with it.

Lost in the attention of "Social Network" is "Let Me In", which is really good in its own merits from what the critics say. From the superb Liam Lacey of Friday's Globe and Mail:
Matt Reeves’s Let Me In is a smart horror film that exploits a deep-seated fear in America: subtitle-phobia. The movie is a remake of the acclaimed 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In, a delicately creepy tale of adolescent blood-sucking and bonding that earned critical raves but only a modest $2-million in U.S. box-office revenue. Let Me In should earn at least 20 times that, just by being in English.

Finally, "Case 39" is that unfortunate other thing directed by Christian Alvart premiering today. Only a few even care for it.

Variety's Jordan Mintzer explains this movie's weird history:
Shot in 2006 and withheld from domestic release for more than two years, pic hit various overseas markets in 2009 and recently went straight to DVD in France, Italy and Japan. (Pic grossed more than $3 million in Mexico and Spain, and Paramount will likely target Hispanic auds Stateside, where it will be released under the Paramount Vantage label.) While such delays aren't entirely uncommon for certain studio-backed B-titles, such an extended waiting period doesn't augur well, and it takes only a few reels to see what the problem is.
Otherwise, another really good week at the box office, where the options for your money are more than worth it.

Until next week as the year is in its final quarter, this is the Cinema.


Rewarding Their Dangerous Coke Loving Ways Once More

Our government continues to love murderous mercenaries who caused serious harm to our nations troops because of their pestilent actions.

From Mr. Ackerman:
Never mind the dead civilians. Never mind the stolen guns. Never mind the murder arrests, the fraud allegations, and the accusations of guards pumping themselves up with steroids and cocaine. Through a “joint venture,” the notorious private security firm Blackwater has won a piece of a five-year State Department contract worth up to $10 billion, Danger Room has learned. Apparently, there is no misdeed so big that it can keep guns-for-hire from working for the government. And this is despite a campaign pledge from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ban the company from federal contracts.

The State Department is so silent about this so far, that they have yet to indicate this news on their website as of this post. And no one in the State Department's Press Briefing today asked about this to Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley.

So more coke parties, prostitute gathering, and civilian killings are in store for our tax paying dollars future to these people.

Thank you Obama Administration for keeping the madness in motion.

The Flashback Friday For 10/1/10: Soul II Life- Back To Life (1989)

From 1989, your Flashback Friday choice for this week is the forgotten British group Soul II Life with "Back To Life (However Do You Want It)."

And because it's the first of the month, you have to bring in Bone Thugs as well:

The 1st Thread For 10/1/10: Proud To Give Money To Republican Wannabes

Bobby Bright isn't just your typical annoying Blue Dog.

For this week, Bright has made himself standout as the ideal example of how to just put a "D" after your name to get elected and do almost the exact opposite of what representing that "D" is.

A few days ago, Bright was one of 3 Democrats to proudly join the nutcase party to vote against providing 9/11 heroes' needed health. And in his effort to top that hideous action, Bright has released this ad touting how much of a BFF he is to Mr. Tang of all individuals.

I don't think even most Republicans would have their commercial indicate how they have an "80% voting record with John Boehner."

Yet, because he has that wonderful "D" right after his name, this incumbent from Alabama's 2nd district gets a continued pledge from the DCCC:
This is where the whole "Big Tent Party" theory can't even save face here.

Here's a classless individual who then has the further gumption to place Ohio's golfing country club boy over the current Speaker of the House (from his own party) for his own benefit. He simply is just another Republican who made himself into a Dem for his own political expediency.

Between this guy, Blanche Lincoln, and many others in this election cycle, the DCCC, the DSCC, the DNC, and the White House continues to waste important money on these people who really have no interest to vote with the party.

Regardless of the election results come a month's time, hopefully one day, someone in the near future at those places will realize just how dumb it is to give free dollars to people who laugh at your absurd generosity.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Music Thread For 9/30/10: The Runthrough

The video for Eminem feat Lil Wayne with "No Love" has dropped. (Lister and Viewer discretion is advised of course.)

Domestic abuse with "Love The Way It Hurts" and now with child bullying here. What's the next video, child abuse from parents? Really good video though, but damn at his continued desire to sing though.

Big Boi says he has a few more solo albums on the way through.

Kind of do hope Bruno Mars does push good numbers his first week.

A post that everyone in music should read, with a funny picture:

And Jimmy Fallon really needed this last night. It's the first time I have seen anything noteworthy from his show in a while.

Sports Thread #1 For 9/30/10: The Runthrough

Quick news runthrough here:
Getty Images' Joe Robbins
A common sense move that needed to happen seems on the verge of being official:
There are indications that manager Reds Dusty Baker will sign a contract extension, and that it will happen soon.

The Dayton Daily News reported Thursday that Baker and the club were close to a deal that would bring back the 61-year-old skipper.

Baker, the Reds' manager since 2008, was offered a new deal in mid-August but has refused to speak publicly about negotiations. The offer was believed to be for at least two seasons. He earned around $10.5 million during his current three-year deal.
Alberto Contador really brought a needed level of integrity to the sport of cycling, didn't he?

News on the Jets front, as they signed Trevor Pryce away from the Ravens today, while Darelle Revis has been ruled out against the Bills this weekend.

David Stern really does represent his last name:
Washington Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis told local business leaders Wednesday that he expects the NBA soon will have a hard salary cap similar to the NHL's model.

Did you know, that league with the acronym of the NHL is starting in a week's time??

And American tennis veteran Robby Ginepri's forgettable 2010 ends in even worse fashion:
Robby Ginepri will miss the remainder of the 2010 ATP World Tour season after a freak mountain biking accident last week. Ginepri was riding near his hometown in Kennesaw, Georgia, when a squirrel ran into his path. The American fell off his bike as he swerved to avoid running over the squirrel and rolled about 50 yards, breaking his left elbow at the ulna bone.
Painful indeed.

If He Losses The Post, He's Lost Everything

New York's version of Tea Bagging crackpots trying to garner public office, in full Soprano character parody.

Only, that parody is the real live attack of the New York Post state editor:

If Carl Paladino acts this way to one of the main guys at Rupert Murdoch's rag, then just imagine how bad he and his campaign goons would treat someone from the New York Times!

The Atlas For 9/30/10: Tensions Arise in Ecuador As Possible Coup Attempt Could Be Afoot

As of this edition of the Atlas, news is breaking of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa getting hit by tear gas by police after protests have arisen over benefits being cut for the army and police in the nation thanks to Congress.

It's being reported by "La Patilla" that Correa was not hurt but became intoxicated by the gas as the photo above indicates. Angry soldiers have taken over the capital Quito's airpot as of this time.

Update: Reports are not indicating that some sources, including Hugo Chavez, are saying that a coup maybe taking place. And Correa has indicated that this small fraction of protestors are trying to cause it.

In the ever growing mess that is AfPak, Pakistan has decided to block off a key NATO non-military supply route. This decision was prompted by the Pakistani government after NATO forces fired on targets in Pakistan after they crossed to border from Afghanistan.
Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Islamabad, said on Thursday that there are reports of 100 Nato supply lorries already being held up at the Torkham border post in retaliation for the earlier cross-border Nato raids.

"A Nato convoy had been moving through Khyber Pass, but the trucks were turned back from entering the Khyber region," he said. "We are also told that the CIA chief [Leon Panetta] in Islamabad has been addressing this issue."

Our correspondent also said that the Pakistani government is making quite a big noise about it. Pakistan said that Isaf [the Nato-led force] and Nato must respect the mandate under which they are operating. They are expressing deep concerns that, despite the fact that [Isaf] knew where these positions were, they still went ahead."

Workers across Europe are staging protests everywhere over the rapid growth of austerity. And get how brutal it is in Spain:
Cuts have helped Spain trim its central government deficit by half through July, but the unemployment rate still stands at a shocking 20 per cent, and many businesses are struggling to survive.

Not surprising, but Blackwater maybe on the verge of another massive contract, as the U.S. State Department is holding its latest "Corrupt Contractor Awards" for the latest Worldwide Protective Services. And get this from Spencer Ackerman's latest great write up:
A senior department official told the congressional Wartime Contracting Commission in June that the department requires “between 6,000 and 7,000 security contractors” in Iraq, up from its current 2,700 armed guards. And that doesn’t even take into account those needed to guard the expanded U.S. civilian presence in Afghanistan.
An update on whether they were awarded that contract will certainly be given here at TWD.

Is China the one to first blink in their standoff with Japan over the ship incident? Didn't expect them to do any sort of conciliatory move.

Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hopes that moderates in religion can grow throughout the world.

Don't do it Cuba:
Cuba is expected to begin drilling offshore for oil and gas as soon as next year in waters deeper than those the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling in when it exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April.

The Spanish energy company, Repsol, which drilled an exploratory well in 2004 off the coast near Havana, has contracted to drill the first of several exploratory wells with a semi-submersible rig that's expected to arrive in Cuba at the end of the year, said Jorge Pinon, an energy expert and visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.

Joining the bank bailout party, Ireland's decision to give one of its own "Too Big To Fail" financial institutions tax players dollars has led to a deficit increasing!

The Zambia government hopes refugees from the Congo will be peaceful.

Al Qaeda is getting hunted by four countries in Northern Africa, while the UN is ending their 13 year arms embargo on Sierra Leone.

And happy National/Independence Day to Botswanna, celebrating its 44th birthday.

The 1st Thread/Yesterday's Leftovers For 9/30/10: A Rare Victory For The Little Guy, As The Net Neutrality Saga Continues

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Something that went largely under the radar yesterday was the fall of Henry Waxman's Net Neutrality proposal. It was a bill that was about to mirror Google and Verizon's shady deal, causing alarm to open-Internet advocates throughout.

Ironically enough, big business (the telecoms this time) was denied a satisfying early victory in this battle by a Republican of all things.

Mr. "Sorry BP" Republican of all things:
This legislative initiative was predicated on going forward only if we had full bipartisan support in our Committee. We included the Republican staff in our deliberations and made clear that we were prepared to introduce our compromise legislation if we received the backing of Ranking Member Barton and Ranking Member Stearns.

With great regret, I must report that Ranking Member Barton has informed me that support for this legislation will not be forthcoming at this time.

This development is a loss for consumers and a gain only for the extremes. We need to break the deadlock on net neutrality so that we can focus on building the most open and robust Internet possible.

David Dayen, arguably the best legislative analyst in the country right now, gives his thoughts:
I certainly raised the alarm about Waxman’s proposal, and I’m glad it failed. I guess I’m on one of the “extremes” with my extreme views that telecom companies shouldn’t be allowed to set up toll booths and privilege content on the Internet. But ultimately, I want the same thing Waxman wants – for the FCC to be empowered to do its job and protect both consumers and content producers. If Julius Genachowski had no reason to delay action before, he really has no reason now.
I also too wonder who is Waxman labeling as "the extremes" here? Because advocates striving for an open fare internet, just like Senator Franken in the Senate, are clearly the most rational group part of this growing saga.

Despite that possible latest slap at the base, Waxman at least placed the primary responsibilities to move forward on this back in the hands of Genachowski. He is the head of the FCC for those who didn't know, and he has the power clearly to make the rules here.

Hopefully he and the Administration who employs him will realize that down the line. For now, score a rare victory for the underdog, thanks to an uneducated "BP loving" Republican of all things.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Fun Thread For 9/29/10: Some People Just Aren't Meant For Tattoos

I know this guy was glad to be done with this lady:

The 7 most annoying people you'll encounter at a rock concert. It's actually good.

9 Prehistoric species still roaming around.

Fan of the game Dead Rising 2? Well, it's getting great reviews.

Prepare to argue, for this Phoenix site thinks Hershey is the best candy ever.

Star Wars is going to be in 3D.

And a cartoon in this edition of the fun thread..........it's the Memorable but short lived Nicktoon "The Angry Beavers."

Your Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun Thread.

TWD Condolences For 9/29/10: To A Class Comedian

AP's Steinberg

As the news has surfaced on Greg Girado's passing today, here is one of the many standups from this known roast master

The Whole Delivery sends its condolences to his family, friends, and his many fans.

Sports Thread #1/The Live Thread For 9/29/10: UEFA Champions League, Group Stage Day 4

Games still in the balance:
Live: Valencia-Manchester United

LIVE: Tottenham-Twente

Live: Schalke-Benfica

The House News For 9/29/10: 9/11 Responders Health Compensation Bill Finally Passes

Still, some 160 nutcases (157 Republicans to go along with 3 Democrats) really hate people on 9-11 it appears by voting against this non-controversial bill.

Despite Anthony Weiner not having to yell at the insane party today, the bill moves to that other house, where the Lords reside to take their sweet old time while the nation is in need of expediency.

Update: And here are the 3 Democrats that joined those 157 9/11 loving Republicans in voting against 9/11 heroes.

Marion Barry of AK-1st , Bobby Bright of AL-2, and Jimmy Cooper of TN-5th are certainly proud of their votes today. Maybe you should give them a call if you want them to know how you feel about them voting against 9/11 heroes needed health benefits.

The Album Sales Review/Music Thread #1 For 9/29/10: Zac Brown Band Gets #1 In The Land, While Maroon 5 Looks Shaky

Country music fans sure do love buying their artists' albums:
Zac Brown Band nets its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "You Get What You Give" bows atop the list with 153,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The country act's major label debut, "The Foundation," peaked at No. 9 in May.

"Give" also grants Zac Brown Band its best sales week, previously earned when "Foundation" shifted 62,000 over Christmas in 2009.

Meanwhile, it seems like no really cares for Adam Levine and company anymore:
Maroon 5's third studio set, "Hands All Over," enters in the runner-up slot with 142,000. The band's last effort, 2007's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," debuted at No. 1 with 429,000 in its first week. "Hands" is Maroon 5's third top 10 set following "Won't" and its premiere effort, 2003's "Songs About Jane," which reached No. 6.
There hasn't been a lot of ubiquitous promotion for "Hands All Over." And that, along with the group losing its overall buzz, probably lead to them having a major decline in sales.

Just one other major notable:
Eminem's "Recovery" hangs in the top 10 for a 14th straight week -- its entire chart run -- moving down three spots to No. 6, also with a bit under 66,000 (down 26%).
That album continues to be a serious juggernaut.

In regards to the rest of the Top 10, last week's top charter Linkin Park takes the #3 spot, followed by Selena Gomez "A Year Without Rain." Santana's "Guitar Heaven" hits #5, while Trey Songz comes after Eminem's "Recovery" with "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" at the 7 spot.

Rounding out spots 8 through 10 are John Legend and the Roots' "Wake Up" collaboration, country singer Billy Currington's "Enjoy Yourself", and the Bieber kind with "My World 2.0."

Plus the sales continue to decline:
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 26) totaled 5.03 million units, down 6% compared to the sum last week (5.35 million) and down15% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.93 million). Year to date album sales stand at 215.8 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (248.0 million).

Yesterday's Leftovers For 9/29/10: Making The Teachers Angrier By The Day

In an interview of full disaster yesterday, this particular comment was most alarming:
President Obama reopened Monday what is often a sore subject in Washington, saying that his daughters could not obtain from D.C. public schools the academic experience they receive at the private Sidwell Friends School.

Obama made his comments on NBC's "Today" show in response to a woman who asked whether Malia and Sasha Obama "would get the same kind of education at a D.C. public school" that they would get at the D.C. private school that has educated generations of the city's elite.

"I'll be blunt with you: The answer is no, right now," Obama said. D.C. public schools "are struggling," he said, but they "have made some important strides over the last several years to move in the direction of reform. There are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system."
It really is disheartening to see how hell bent Obama is at wanting to push his and Arne Duncan's ridiculous reform plan that benefits no one except affluent investors at the backs of public schools getting slapped again.

One of the few excellent things on the Washington Post website, the Valerie Strauss led "The Answer Sheet", explains why it isn't surprising Sidwell would be a better educational ground for the President's daughters:
At Sidwell, a Quaker school, teachers don’t spend days drilling kids to pass standardized tests, and they aren’t evaluated by student test scores. Sidwell has small classes, a wide range of curricular and extracurricular options, tremendous facilities on two big campuses, etc. etc.

The irony is that Obama’s own education policies give standardized testing a central place in public education, though he chose a school for his children that wouldn't see that as a sound way to run an academic program.
And that right there is a major aspect gone unnoticed by NBC's, Oprah's, John Legend's, and everyone else's ignorant rush to support Obama's "Race To The Flop" agenda.

More resources (along with more support for teachers), not more "reform", is the answer to improving our rapidly declining educational system. Yet, "union bashing" and "teacher accountability" just because it makes us feel better to be lazy and point out the first to blame is the preferred option.

This along with HAMP are certainly the blackmarks in Obama's domestic policy.

Music Wakeup Call For 7/29/10: Aloe Blacc- I Need A Dollar (2010)

The return of the Wakeup Call features a song that really fits the times.

From new soul artist Aloe Blacc (whose album dropped yesterday), here's the poignant "I Need A Dollar."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sports Thread #2/The MLB Playoff Race For 9/28/10: American League Post Season List Set, Reds On The Verge Of Winning The NL Central?

The long inevitable last four teams standing for the American League pennant is now official. Both the Yankees and the Rays won tonight, joining the Twins and the Rangers in the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Reds have clinched the NL Central, as they finally reached the post season after 15 long years. Jay Bruce game winner gives his team the dramatic 3-2 win over the Astros.

The Braves scored a huge come from behind 3-2 win over the Marlins to move a game up on the padres, who need to win tonight to bump it back down a half game against the Cubs.

Sports Thread #1 For 7/28/10: Timely Late Goals Give Madrid & Bayern Needed Wins In CL Group Play

Third night of the Champions League Group Stages for this year's competition. Here's the run through:
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Angel Di Maria's 81st minute goal gave Real Madrid a hard earner 1-0 win over Auxurre.

Arsenal bounced back from their bad weekend loss to West Brom with a 3-1 win over Partizan.

It was also a sound victory for the other London club in action, as Chelsea defeated Marseille 2-0 behind goals from John Terry and Nicolas Anelka.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in his return to the stopping grounds that developed him into a star, as AC Milan drew 1-1 with Ajax. Mounir El Hamdaoui scored the Dutch giants goal in the 23 minute before the Swede replied 14 minutes later.

Philippe Mexes and Marco Borriello gave Roma added momentum from their weekend win over Inter Milan by beating CFR 1907 Cluj 2-1.

In a time where Bayern Munich needed a life line, they got it from the ever growing dependable Bastian Schweingster, as his two goals helped lead the struggling German giants to a 2-1 comeback win over Basel on the road.

After their impressive playoff victory against Sevilla, it has gone all down hill for Braga ever since in this competition. Thrashed by Arsenal a fortnight ago, the Portuguese side was soundly beaten at home 3-0 by Shakhtar Donetsk. Two goals from Luiz Adriano made it 2 for 2 for the Ukrainian side so far.

And in the night's first match, Spartak Moscow dominated Zilina 3-0.
Bayern's midfield boss saved them from another woeful result(Photo from Getty Images)

The Atlas For 9/28/10: Kim Jong Readies His Son To Replace Him

The top international news today has clearly been the little old dictator getting ready to give his son that same position:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has apparently named his third son, Kim Jong-un, believed to be 27, as a four-star general in the military ahead of the country's biggest political convention in three decades, making his hereditary succession plan official for the first time, Yonhap news reported.

The announcement was made in the dispatch of Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, on the opening day of the biggest Workers' Party convention since 1980.

The announcement is the first mention by name in the state's official media of Kim Jong-il's third son.

Picture President Obama firing Mike Bloomberg in NYC, Menino in Boston, or Daley in Chicago. Well, that's what has transpired today in Moscow, as President Medvedev has fired the city's long time mayor Yury Luzhkov. And he appears to do it without Putin telling him to do it.

Add another Gaza bound aid ship captured by the Israeli navy.

Another wild, scary day in the life of a Saharawi activist.

More tough news out of Somalia today, while Kenya is need deep in a famine crisis with the WFP at fault possibly.

Could Wikileaks be on the demise, thanks to its ego-driven leader Julian Assange? I know Robert Gates will be smiling about that somewhere today.

I'm shocked I haven't seen a report liking Hamid Karzai to ecstasy. Maybe Blackwater will give that to him soon?

In despite Hugo Chavez claiming his Socialist party made important gains, it appears that the opposition after Venezuela's elections have faired the better.

Your International news.

The Break For 9/28/10: Carter Out of Hospital

After a scare today, President Jimmy Carter is out of the cleveland hospital he checked in a few hours ago.

The conditions that led to venerable figure having to be transported to the hospital are said to be of a stomach ailment. But he has exited out of the hospital.

Music Thread #1 For 9/28/10: The Runthrough, Including New Album Release Tuesday

Some notable album releases today, including Aloe Blacc's "Good Things", Ben Folds & Nick Hornby "Lonely Avenue", and Deerhunter's "Halcyon Digest."

Speaking of one of the CD's that was originally suppose to drop this day, here is a great example of the pathetic times in music we live in:
T.I. is still hiding out following his arrest last month, but his producer pal Pharrell is promising that his forthcoming 'King Uncaged,' album will be memorable, in spite of label pressure. According to the Neptunes frontman, who worked on the album, Tip is experiencing stress from his record label, Atlantic Records, to put out more pop-friendly songs.

"He's got a crazy album. I saw, like, 60 records, and almost every record that he played me was really incredible," Pharell told MTV News. "Then there was the more poppier side of things, where the label kinda puts the gun to your head 'cause they gotta pay their bills ... Please trust, T.I.'s album is incredible, and he's an amazing talent, and it's been a while since we got together."
It's not like T.I. is a struggling mainstream rapper on his last legs that no one knows outside of the urban community. He has delivered with a few platinum records and still has name recognition. Yet the label treats him like a dog, wanting to adhere to what they want.

Realizing how common sensical the move is, Lil Wayne released "I Am Not A Human Being" digitally.

In Kanye news, his still untitled 5th album will be released on the Monday before Thanksgiving, while he has signed Mos Def to the label. Talk about not a lot of noise made for that move there.

Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond and Tom Watts are this year's nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Instead of Mayweather and Pacquiao, we may get the one Mariah Carey loves and the one she hates. What weird times we live in.

Your music thread for the day.

The 1st Thread/Yesterday's Leftovers For 9/28/10: Shut Up And Appreciate Our Awesomeness

The current "Shut up Liberal" messenger of our times did it again yesterday.

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Once again, Duncan Black's latest succinctly keen observation is timely:
A frustrating thing is that the administration doesn't say, "we'd like to do this but we got the best we can do," instead they say "what we did was awesome."
"Grateful and truly humble the nation's liberal base should be to this Administration, for we are the greatest Administration ever. And the fact that you can't fully acknowledge our brilliance is really shameful."

That is the thought process right now emulating from this Administration to the people they know full well are privy to never wanting to vote Republican. And it is once again misguided.

Even more frustrating is how they rush to claim the word "progressive" for their legislative accomplishments despite being (and advocating) to just be "centrist." It confuses the narrative further about what is truly apart of "progressive" goals and values when they continue to place that label on their mediocre bills.

But when you have the Tan idiot and his crackpots as your opposition, it's always easy to see why the White House can always slide back into that comfortable position of bossing the base.

Once again, you are backed into a corner, where the alternative choice is unfathomable. Once again, we are left with pretty dire prospects.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Catch Up Thread For 9/27/10: Civil Liberties Hell Week Continues (Updated: ABC Reports Emmanuel To Leave Administration This Week)

Here's what has transpired since this site was last active:
The fallout continues from the Obama Administration horrendous decision to dismiss the ACLU/CCR lawsuit to virtually kill whoever they want in this country without facing any repercussions.

The Administration is now to the right of even the most extreme Bush loving, executive power craven advocate in David Rivkin with their choice.

And now today, wiretapping what you talk about with your friends on AIM and Twitter is their next goal:
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.
Okay, the wiretapping you and your friends claim is a little exaggerated. Unless of course, you don't somehow end up on the government's bad list, no matter if you are a justified baddie or, you know, a peace activist.

Al Grayson has clearly gotten under these nutcases' skin:

And Webster's wife comes out of nowhere to defend the clown that she virtually serves under. Those submissive wives certainly are loyal, aren't they?

I take it this Ben Sharpio clown doesn't have much diversity in his group of friends.

If you haven't gotten familiar with him in his short time of being a fresh face in the House of Lords, you can certainly get familiar with how he is emerging as the next corporate lobbyist tied Democrat who hates to look at common sense over his priorities:
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) might use Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) playbook to force the White House to clarify its policy on oil-and-gas drilling off his state’s coast, telling reporters he hasn’t ruled out blocking an administration nominee over the issue.

“I will use whatever means necessary to get them to respond to this. All we are asking for is a very simple thing: Tell us what the rules are and give us a timetable. That is not complicated,” Begich said Monday after testifying before a presidential commission probing the BP oil spill.

Landrieu is blocking a Senate vote to confirm Jacob Lew as White House budget chief until the federal ban on deepwater oil-and-gas drilling is lifted or modified.
Democrats blocking the Democratic President's nominee. They sure are corporate puppets, aren't they? Nice of Begich to learn from Landrieu of all prominent lobbyist loving Democrats.

Alice Revlin really is a monster.

Well, what a surprise!

And really, nothing else prominent from the dysfunctional political landscape in this country from today.

Update: And just breaking, that man almost everyone loves to loathe, Rahm Emmanuel, looks to be leaving this week's staff.

The Sleep Time Thread For 9/26-27/10: Just Tevin

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