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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 1/31/10: And It Continues (2010 Australian Open Men's Final Review)

Last year, Roger Federer was on the end crying in despair for whole world to see. Today, he was the reason why Andy Murray shed tears of pain.

Just like his 360 degree reversal between Wimbledon 2008 and 2009, Federer turned around his 12 month disheartening misfortunate in Melbourne into satisfying redemption by defeating Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) to capture his 4th Australian Open and record 16th Grand Slam title.

And in the process, he passed the bug of sullen anguish toward the Scot, denied a second time by the legendary Swiss at ending Grand Slam anguish for himself and for Great Britain.

"I can cry as well as Roger, shame I can't play as well as Roger" uttered the dejected Scot in full lachrymose mode in the post-match speeches. And that inability to play as well as Roger was thanks to a serve that was lacking and an inability to be effectively aggressive when he had to be nothing short of that.

Murray waited too late to crush his backhand and forehand, and couldn't come through in the big moments of his last chance at an improbable comeback, the third set. It truly did seem like the pressure of the moment got to Murray, and it isn't surprising considering the stressful burden of trying to win that elusive major against arguably the greatest player of all time. Murray obviously had way more to prove here, but he didn't seem to embrace the responsibility of that position like Juan Martin del Potro did at the US Open against Federer.

Just like Serena Williams, Roger Federer has the ability to close like no other of his generation. And if he is allowed to sense the finish line, he will devour it every single time. Considering he was facing the most feared returner in the game, Federer's serve was impeccable today, as it unsurprisingly turned to be a reason why he got sweet #16 instead of Murray getting the still elusive #1.

And just like with Serena having to see Kim Clijsters and even Maria Sharapova receive top billing to win the title, Federer was thought to be behind Murray or Nikolay Davydenko as the last one standing after the fortnight. By beating those guys (snapping Davydenko two match win streak against him while winning his third straight against Murray), the joy of winning this title after being an emotional wreck to Rafael Nadal last year furthers the sweetness of today's win (while adding to the further misery of Murray and his ardent supporters).

People thought the demise of Federer was set in stone after the Wimbledon 2008 final. That turned out to be absurdly premature. People though the demise of Federer was set in stone after last year's final there in Melbourne. Emphatically wrong.

So who will be the next one to pronounce Federer's demise again? Andy Murray will certainly label you a "fool" if you chose to do so.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

TWD's Saturday Music Thread For 1/30/10- The New Videos

Notable new videos from this week.

Mos Def's "White Drapes."

Nick Cannon's wife with Lil Kim's downsyndrome wannabe in "Up Out My Face". It's an actual enjoyable song:

That wasn't the only new release from Mariah, as her song with Ne-Yo "Angels Cry" also premiered. Ne-Yo sure is on a straight string of O.D. emotionally driven sides. Typical cliche' duet.

Usher with "Hey Daddy", form an album a long forgotten about....Man, did that album do terrible.

And finally, a nice little song from 4 Troops called "For Freedom"

There were other new videos, but you can certainly find them on the millions of other sites. The new videos on TWD Saturday.

The Saturday Open Thread #1 For 1/30/10

Oh De La Soul (even though it is much warmer in this video than it is in the Northeast), "It's Saturday, Saturday, Saturday."

Al Franken, introducing another meaningful bill at the perfect time.
Since 1974, federal law has banned foreign companies from giving or spending in American elections. Nothing in our current laws, however, explicitly prohibits foreign companies from creating American subsidiaries or getting control of American companies and using them to flood the airwaves in support of their preferred candidates. Citizens United gives companies unlimited power to do that - and does not distinguish between American companies and companies that are owned or controlled by foreign interests.

"I was pleased to hear the President recognize the need for this bill in his address last night," said Sen. Franken. "I think we can all agree that foreign interests have no place in American elections."

The "American Elections Act of 2010" was developed in coordination with Professor David Schultz of Hamline University School of Business in Minnesota.
May Samuel Alito shake his head to that.

Google is no longer supporting Internet Explorer 6.

This really shouldn't confuse the Brits by now. Since 2004, they aren't shocked at our lack of rationality.

A cable modem hacked is facing some serious jail time it appears.

No. Eating smarter makes you healthier.

And gosh, is Leno making it worse for himself even with O'Brien gone for a week now:

Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 1/30/10: Now That's "G" (2010 Australian Open Women's Finals Review)

Usually when a professional athlete cryptically draws attention to one of his or her sponsors, it can usually be a frivilous moment not having anything to do with what they accomplished.

But when Serena Williams told the crowd in the post match awards ceremony at Rod Laver Arena today "I had a real G moment", it was a statement to one of her corporate backers that certainly fit the bill (and the future check).

Gatorade's catchmark phrase of the current time represented the way the younger Williams sister willed herself to a terrific 12th Grand Slam title, defeating her comeback rival Justin Henin in a topsy turvy 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 match to defend her Australian Open title for the first time.

Seemingly weary and reeling from letting the dogged, diminutive Belgian back into the match by losing her seemingly straight set victory in the second set, the world number one added to her legacy as one capable of rising to the ultimate occasion like few other.

15-40 down, 0-1 down, facing two break points after losing 14 of the last 15 points, the American found her serve in due time to prevent Henin from keeping the precious momentum she was riding high on at the time. But after breaking Henin to take her own advantage in the incipient stages of the final set to 2-1, Williams opened the door again for the four time French Open champion, breaking back at 15 to even it at 2-all.

That is when that "G" moment kicked in.

30-all in the 2-all game, Williams smacked a second serve with a down the line backhand to get to another break point. And feeling the tension of the moment, Henin hit one of the tighest backhands (not in a good "tight" but bad one) I have ever seen her hit, as she was broken for the second consecutive time on serve. And Serena never looked back.

The weariness of playing singles and doubles back to back for 13 days straight was not going to deter her from winning this title, nor was the presence of her fierce adversary across the net.

Williams was untouchable the rest of the way, capitalizing on Henin
s strategy for trying to be more aggressive than arguably "the most aggressive women in tennis history" when she's on form.

But that isn't to take away from how tactically Serena won this match as well.

Besides usual smart serving, Williams played enough defense in this match at the right times to make Henin press and go for too much on her return of Serena's second serves or from her ground strokes. Many thought that with Serena's physical condition and the growing form of Henin coming into this final that the longer the rally went, the more it clearly favored Henin. That turned out not to be case, as it really was a "push" in that department.

Henin's hit or miss approach was a little weird considering that her desire to place Serena on the back foot took away from her usually well-measured percentage plays. However, it is also a testament to Williams ability to hit quality second serves that aren't always assailable, as well as her still having the foot speed despite any fatigue or ailment setting in.

While those things maybe felt, what doesn't reside in the body of Serena Williams is fearing the moments that make legends become legends. And today was just another paradigm of her greatness, highlighted by the final four games of that match.

No wonder why she has plenty of "G" moments.

Friday Night Open Thread (Into Saturday AM) For 1/29-30/10:

ESPN will find it hard to top this sports report:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Sport Report - All-White Basketball & Jana Rawlinson
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorEconomy

And from the usually brilliant Charlie Brooker, this video is perfect.


Friday, January 29, 2010

The Flashback Friday #2 For 1/29/10: Shanice- I Love Your Smile (1991)

This probably maybe brought back for next week's Flashback Friday, since it was selected late in the day. Anyway, here is the long forgotten (but always terrific in my mind) Shanice and her song "I Love Your Smile" from 1991.

For fans of her, believe it or not, but she is only 36 years old right now. Your second selection for the Flashback Friday. Enjoy, especially if you aren't familiar with this song.

The Cinema For 1/29/10: Gibson Returns And Another Candidate For Worst Movie Of The Year

The Cinema is back:
Back to being his quality angry self
And so is Mel Gibson, as he is a Boston detective trying to find out who murdered his daughter in "Edge of Darkness"

The reaction to this movie is almost 50/50. Half like it, and half don't like it.

Richard Roeper gave it a solid "B".

However, the Globe and Mail's Liam Lacey didn't feel that the directing of the movie matched the quality writing. But he did highlight how an apoplectic Gibson is better than any other verison of him:
The dialogue is noticeably above par thanks to A-list screenwriters William Monahan (The Departed) and Andrew Bovell (Lantana). From them we get the Gibson line, “You’d better decide whether you’re hanging on the cross or banging in the nails.” Or Winstone’s fatalistic observation: “We live a while, and then we die sooner than we planned."

Smart dialogue doesn’t extend to the movie's structure – it grows more wobbly as it progresses, suffering, perhaps, from the weight of boiling a six-hour mini-series into a two-hour movie. The attempt to communicate Tom’s precarious psychological state with hallucinations, flashbacks and dreams feels clumsy and, worse for a thriller, slows things down.
The Spill guys give their review of "Edge of Darkness", and it was a fairly decent review for the film:

There was only one other notable release this weekend, and it sure wasn't a good one.

Competing with "Leap Year" and "The Spy Next Door" for worst movie of the month (and possibly, the year), basically everyone has asked what the hell was wrong with all the quality actors for taking roles in the disastrously written "When In Rome."

It has been trashed everywhere, including this review from Detroit News critic Tom Long giving credit to Kristen Bell, but not much else:
Bell (a native Detroiter, as is Shepard), still best known for her TV show "Veronica Mars," has the sort of light comic touch it takes to pull off a story as preposterous as this one, an ability to balance romance with physical shtick and just a touch of cynicism.

But the tide is working against her here. Director Mark Steven Johnson ("Ghostrider," "Daredevil") has no sense of tone or rhythm -- the opening moments of this film may constitute the worst music and image sequence ever -- and writers David Diamond and David Weissman ("Old Dogs") repeatedly undercut comic moments with too-sentimental pap.

The comedy is occasionally adequate, the romance never convincing. Ms. Bell deserves better. So do audiences.
And last week, there wasn't a Cinema to talk about how awful "Legion" was (and "Extraordinary Measures" wasn't that much better). We shall leave it be, knowing it also deserves to be mentioned as a nominee for the "Worst Movie of the Month."

That's the Cinema for this week, until next week hopefully.....


But Who Cares About More Lies About An Illegal War Coming Out

You wouldn't know if all your source of news came from the American television media, but the two month British inquiry into the illegal Iraq war hit another dramatic point today, as Tony Blair took the mic to explain his lies.

The statements that Blair made where truly outrageous:
In a robust defence of his decision to back war, Mr Blair said Saddam was a "monster and I believe he threatened not just the region but the world."

He said Iraqis were now better off and he would take the same decisions again.
Yes, the country that you invaded along with The Shrub and his boss Cheney is left better off despite the killing of hundreds of thousands Iraqis and the countless millions that are refugees in that nation.

It is a shame that most in America won't have any clue of the crimes there were committed under the last Administration.

And though this inquiry won't lead to any prosecution of these war criminals that have taken apart in this questioning, at least they have an inquiry over there.

Because it sure isn't going to be one held here anytime soon.

Sports Thread #1 For 1/29/10: Kurt Warner Retires

After a 12 year career filled with an unbelievable rise from nowhere, a fall into journeyman status, only to stunningly reemerged as one of the game's elite again, Kurt Warner has decide to retire from the National Football League.

Though Warner's prominence with the St. Louis Rams lead to that improbable championship 10 years ago in Super Bowl XXXIV, probably more impressive in many people's minds was his ability to revive his seemingly declining career by being another struggling franchise to prominence. Thought of as a mentor to Matt Leinart's development, Warner out of nowhere refound his "Greatest Show on Turf" form to lead the Arizona Cardinals within a remarkable Pittsburgh Steelers drive of winning last year's Super Bowl.

Now all the pressure will be on Matt Leinart to perform in order to keep the Cardinals franchise to the high place that Warner has helped place it.

Midday Energy Boost For 1/29/10: What Happened Since The Last Post

Yeah, that was an intellectual mismatch like few others. But it isn't surprising though.

The murderer of George Tiller, Scott Roeder, has been found guilty of first degree murder.

As long as you have the trial somewhere else, it is no big deal or any deal that the KSM trial
may not happen in NYC. The more important question is whether the trial will be a just one instead of the military commissions that linger on its head.

And Queen Birther is running for office!

The Miscellaneous
Never too early nowadays.

The different covers over the years of the now late J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher In The Rye."

Speaking of which, a majority of the folks thinking about Salinger's passing are phony.

Like many other media experts, Varian said he was skeptical that readers would or should be willing to pay for news online. (As of last week, the New York Times is banking you will.) But he provided a novel explanation for why, exactly, people won't spend money on an online product that they were willing to buy in hard copy.
When will they learn that nothing can save it now?

More to come everyone.

The Flashback Friday #1 For 1/29/10: Wu-Tang Clan- C.R.E.A.M (1993)

Nothing needs to be said any further. Your first Flashback of the week:

The Sleep Time Thread For 1/28-29/10: A Historic Rick Rolled

I didn't see this coming, but it was probably seen by many. Mirimax films appears to be no more (and definitely in its original form it is no more).

If Nintendo Wii was a music album, it would 67 times platinum.

Ferrari is joining the hybrid world.

Let him be, let him be.

Vegetables and fruits with a lot less nutrients than before? Yup.

Expect Beck to call Apple Fascist.

And Nexfix is apparently scared of net neutrality rules.

To Tevin, goodnight.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sports Thread For 1/28/10: The Snubs That Should Have Been Subs

Al Horford is an important palyer for Hawks, but he wasn't that important enough to be on the All-Star team in my mind

The reserves where announced tonight for the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas. Only two guys really didn't deserve their place on the team.

For the EAST:
Al Horford making it over teammate Josh Smith and David Lee is an absolute joke. Coaches seriously haven't been watching the games if they thought Horford was worthy of an All-Star nod over a guy averaging 19 and 11. The only thing that you can clearly say Horford is better than Lee at is defense, but it isn't enough to choose him over the Knicks lone post presence. And the Smith/Joe Johnson combination are still the two most important players on the Hawks.

For The West:
If Chris Kaman missed as many games as Paul Gasol did, then no one would even be thinking of him. But if Chris Kaman didn't miss many games and still played well, then, he would not be thought of enough to be picked over the older Gasol. The latter is what actually happened.

As Kaman and many others have said, there truly needs to be a cutoff rule for number of games played in order to be eligible for the All-Star game. Gasol missing the amount of games he missed should not place him on this team over Kaman and Carlos Boozer, who has arguably been the key reason why the Jazz have gotten their act together a little better on the road.

One other notable tidbit for the selections this evening is the fact that Dwight Howard is really the only true center in this game. Tim Duncan and Amare Stoudamire may play the position occasionally, but everyone knows they are power forwards at heart.

The Cinema Trailers For 1/28/10: Perfect Timing

And so fitting that Fox backs it........Wall Street 2 is coming:

Then again, with all that we have seen over the last few years, we have been watching plenty of real life Gordon Gekkos.

It's Okay If He Broke The Law, As Long As He Wasn't Wiretapping!

A lot of people today have been talking about the shoutfest that was nutcase Andrew Breitbart getting grilled by MSNBC's David Shuster at 3 PM today.

Breitbart's defense of his lackey James O'Keefe's serious actions by trying to frame the discussion as "Ha, it wasn't wire tapping, so you Shuster and the rest of the media have failed and smeared him unjustly " was expected. And Shuster should have known he was going to provide a craven lunatic a platform to make it as messy and "You decide-ish" as Breitbart did in my mind.

What makes Breitbart's desperate attempts for a pushback (and anything that O'Keefe and his spy partners in fail) so futile and ridiculous is one thing that one Ms. Wheeler simply explains:
Aside from all the yelling, what I find notable about this is the way Breitbart succeeds in preventing Shuster from explaining what O’Keefe has been charged with: entering US property “for the purpose of willfully and maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated by the United States of America.”
It's right in the affidavit for all to see.

But Breitbart doesn't care if O'Keefe and crew trespassed on federal property and faces serious crimes. Because the only thing that is on his mind is "Aha media, he didn't do wiretapping, so egg on you!"

The comedy will keep on coming everyone.

Music Thread For 1/28/10: "Hope For Haiti" Album Makes Histoy

Making history for an important cause
The "Hope For Haiti Now" charity album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 171,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to top the tally in its nearly 54-year history.

The MTV Networks compilation, featuring performances culled from last Friday's (Jan. 22) massive "Hope For Haiti Now" telethon, only reached digital distributors over the weekend, making its sales number all the more impressive. SoundScan's sales tracking week ends at the close of business each Sunday, so "Hope for Haiti's" brisk sales came from no more than two full days.
And get this:
With "Hope for Haiti's" debut of 171,000 following 100,000-plus starts at No. 1 from Ke$ha's "Animal" (152,000) and Vampire Weekend's "Contra" (124,000), it's the first time since 2005 that the first three tracking weeks of the year had an album that sold at least 100,000 copies. Also, as "Hope for Haiti" is sold through indie digital distributor INgrooves, it gives the Billboard 200 back-to-back independently distributed No. 1 albums, following Vampire Weekend's "Contra" last week.
That "people will still buy albums" narrative still can continue.

Bernanke Renominated

Amazing how they could get a vote so fast for Mr. Bernanke but now on health....well, we know the deal.

A little surprising is how definitive the voting for his renomination has been. At least 70 votes for the man who played a part in our economy almost going six feet under. Just last Friday, his nomination seemed to hang in the balance.

Now, he is drinking some good lemonade, as 77-23 is the cloture total for his renomination.

And 70-30 is the final total overall.

David Dayen with the overall numbers
UPDATE IV: Dorgan, Harkin, Boxer, Kaufman, Whitehouse all just voted no on the final vote after voting yes on cloture. It just shows the asymmetrical warfare of the filibuster, and why it must be eliminated.

UPDATE V: The final vote was 70-30. Seven members flipped their vote. Bernanke gets his second term.

If They Have The Money To Fight Back, Okay

It is the right way to try and fight the corporate elites, though now people will be funny and call Unions and Activist Group people themselves with this move.
That’s the message in a letter that a powerful coalition of liberal groups and unions have fired off to Pelosi and Reid, urging them to seize on the SCOTUS decision allowing corporate money to fund elections to deal a death blow to the influence of big money in politics — by approving public financing of campaigns.

The letter they’ve sent to Reid and Pelosi, to be released this afternoon, urges them to adopt a measure called the Fair Elections Now Act, which has 129 co-sponsors in the House and would enact public financing of federal elections. Campaign finance reform types say the act would give candidates the option to run for office on a mixture of small contributions and limited public funds — strengthening campaigns funded by grassroots fundraising and undercutting the power of large corporate donors.

You should seize the opportunity provided by the Citizens United decision to advance solutions to address the comprehensive problem of money in politics. Only policies like Fair Elections will reduce voter concerns about the influence of campaign donors, just as Congress did with post-Watergate reforms a generation ago. The path forward lies with small-donor democracy, not increased corporate dominance in Washington.

In closing, we encourage you to use your leadership role to push forward the Fair Elections Now Act as the part of the solution to address the potential problems created in the wake of the Citizens United decision. The time is now to strengthen voter participation in our democracy through a small-donor based public funding system.
But with how things could go, it won't be the American corporations they'll contend with. Sone foreign ones could come in as well.

Midday Energy Boost For 1/28/10: TWD Condolences Of Love To Howard Zinn and J.D.Slinger

The extraordinary Howard Zinn and the renowned author J.D. Salinger have left us in the last 24 hours. Attending the school that Zinn taught at, I sadly never got a chance to meet that great man. The Whole Delivery sends its condolences to the families of both of these legends.

Sometimes I still wonder whether Kristen Gillibrand is the real deal. And then, things like this where she voted to not defund ACORN like most of her cowardly Democratic Senator colleagues continued to prove my doubts wrong.

We all knew she on her worst day is better than Mr. DLC lackey that what's to primary her, but her liberal points are a lot higher than I have given her credit for.

May the homophobes realize the importance of this .

The honeybee colony is decreasing rapidly.

Yeah, this will add to the narrative of Boston getting the most depressing news.

And to send you on your way, here is Midday Energy Boost song, from the ridiculously underrated artist that is K'naan feat Pete Rock, "The ABC's.":

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Best Reactions To A "State of The Union Address" Ever

Tonight, there has been a lot of stupidity to go around.

Chris Matthews placed himself into Howard Kurtz's vapid attention span for a whole month for arguably the dumbest statement he has ever made in his illustrious career of dumb statements. He forgot that President Obama was "Black".

Now sadly, that unbelievably dumb comment (he'll probably clarify it tomorrow) will probably get most of our pathetic media's attention. What should get their attention in an ideal world, however, is how Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito embarrassed himself and the rest of his colleagues tonight like few other (if any) have done in his position.

Angry that Obama called them out on the now forever controversial decision last week of the Citzen United vs the FEC, Alito visibly loses control and shakes his head at the presidents comments, and then mouths of a "Not true" for all to see.

Watch it:

If Sam Alito can respond to the pressures of the job in a fashion that fits a Supreme Court judge like the rest of his colleagues, then he needs to resign from his position now and let someone more well equipped to accede him. Because this can't be tolerated. The decorum is an absolute nightmare for the SCOTUS.

It's one thing for John McCain to voice his displease for everyone to see:

It truly is another extraordinary event when a Supreme Court justice doesn't have the temperament to control his emotions and let them all out to see when he (or she) is suppose to not show any public sentiments at all.

And it is a miraculous accomplishment when you somehow make John Roberts, Tony Scalia, and Clarence Thomas look like terrific human beings.

Lucky for him though, Chris Matthews did too tonight.

The State of The Union Address

Yes, Fox is covering it:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

This Definitely Wasn't Going To Be Apart Of His Speech Tonight

The United States secret assistance with Yemen troops in trying to kill Al Qaeda members or Al Qaeda affiliates in that country is the main gist of this article from the Washington Post's Dana Priest.

But a stunningly buried tidbit in the lengthy article's third paragraph is revealed
As part of the operations, Obama approved a Dec. 24 strike against a compound where a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, was thought to be meeting with other regional al-Qaeda leaders. Although he was not the focus of the strike and was not killed, he has since been added to a shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing or capture by the JSOC, military officials said. The officials, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operations.
Wha wha what?

Added to added to a shortlist of U.S. citizens specifically targeted for killing oR capture by the JSOC?

Stunningly and disturbing stuff indeed, isn't it? That this policy or action is happening in this Administration or any Administration is yet another shady characteristic of our national security/foreign policy that just can't be permitted.

His Defense Of His Lackey Is Touching

It truly is
Wait until the facts are in.

Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O'Keefe, with the clear intention to smear and, if possible, convict O'Keefe and his alleged co-conspirators in the court of public opinion in order to taint the "jury of their peers."


Let me state clearly for the record: wiretapping is wrong. But until I hear the full story from James O'Keefe, I will not speculate as to what he was doing in Louisiana.
May the comedy keep on coming.

Midday Energy Boost For 1/27/10: MadTV is The Prophet Of Our Times

They truly are the prophets of our time:

100 year pedophile is going back to jail.

I went to college up there, and I didn't think the news was THAT bad. Damn.

California seems to be uncomfortable with the word "oral sex." Who knew?

A warcraft live action movie......oh my!

The weekly "Social protocol" will destroy your life piece.

More to come, stay tuned.

The Sleep Time Thread For 1/26-27/10: Music Thread For 1/26/10: Flimsy

If you want to see "The Who" playlist for the Super Bowl here you go.

And she won't need to get the mic snatched from her.

Little Brother is making their last album it appears.

Ugghhh, I'll address this piece of s--- article tomorrow. But here is the gist of it, it's pathetic ending
Conscious Rap is dead. Get your black suits up.

That's it for today.....Here's Tevin.....Goodnight:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Daily Open Thread For 1/26/10: Golden

Shame it had to be Shep Smith anchoring while it happened, but the reaction from the Fox reporter in trying to play off knowing O'Keefe as much as possible (as well as his network pushing him to his fame) is beyound laughable:

Good times. Oh, and remember when House Republicans named a resolution in honor of him?

MSNBC to switch their rotation again.....Painful.

What a weird story.

He has to keep up with her somehow.

This guy sure does love his Chipotle.

And your cartoon of the day....an episode of Rocko.

Tisk, Tisk, Tisk, Tisk, Tisk

Now he will truly understand how it is hard out here for a pimp
The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the the advocacy group's credibility.

FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O'Keefe aided and abbetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office's telephone system.

A witness from Landrieu's staff said O'Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be "waiting for someone to arrive."
I can't wait for Hannity and Breitbart to say "ACORN now owns the FBI!"

Update: Breitbart is on a level of feeling devastated like no other right now
"I need to find information on this. I'm out of the loop on this. I will make my determination then on when to comment," Breitbart said.

The Funny For 1/26/10: Irony Of The Year.......Already

And possibly, the decade already:

Look who is the author.....

May your laugh be as obsessive as possible, even if you make your fellow co-workers go nuts.

Thank you one Page Van der Linden for making my day.

Their Audacity Is Legendary

It truly is amazing how the nadir of people being certified despicable nutcases can be set each and every day. Today's setter of that accomplishment is one accustomed to that task.

Those good old people at Halliburton/KBR that have taken a backseat to Blackwater/Xe as the most "evil corporation against humanity in this world" seem to want to take back their mantle.

Your WTF story of the day comes from them petitioning the Supreme Court to reverse the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in ruling in favor of Jaime Leigh Jones not being protected from being horribly gang-raped like she was:
But last week, KBR signaled its intention to continue fighting Jones, no matter how bad it makes the company look. On Jan. 19, it petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision allowing Jones to press her case in a civil court rather than in arbitration. Among its many arguments in favor of a high court hearing: that Jones is a relentless self-promoter who has "sensationalize[d] her allegations against the KBR Defendants in the media, before the courts, and before Congress." In its petition, KBR is clearly miffed about the Franken Amendment, which it credits Jones with getting passed. KBR also suggests that much of Jones' story is fabricated. The company says in a footnote, "Many, if not all, of her allegations against the KBR Defenandants are demonstrably false. The KBR Defendants intend to vigorously contest Jones's allegations and show that her claims against the KBR Defendants are factually and legally untenable."
Dick Cheney's thugs believe taking about you getting raped is sensationalizing. Hardy har har har. And I guess the fact that they are also miffed about Franken's amendment is comedy that any late night show would be hard pressed to beat.

These people's evil, satanic ways will never be finite it seems.


Sports Thread #1 For 1/26/10: The Runthrough

First, long overdue Australian Open comments.

After last night's performances and the pressure on the supposed overwhelming favorite to win, I really do think that Justine Henin is in for a long battle against the intrepid Jie Zheng. If Zheng can survive the onslaught her serve will take from Henin throughout this match, and be rock solid like she was against Kirilenko today, the tension will certainly arise on Henin's racquet.

Now matter how well she has played the big points in this tournament, the tension is still on the Belgian's racquet like it was before. Don't be surprised if a "Marion Bartoli Wimbledon 2007" semifinal folding from Henin comes in this match. Zheng has nothing to lose here, and she can counterpunch with the best of them.

Towards the men's side, and I fancied Andy Murray even before his massive victory over a now re-injured Rafael Nadal today. And I just still do, no matter who gets out of the top half of the draw. His wrist problems from the US Open are behind him, and he has not wasted any energy by being a perfect 15-0 on sets in this tournament.

Not only that, but the guy who defeated him at the US Open, Marin Cilic, has expended so much energy to just get to the semifinals. Those three five set matches combined with Murray's yearning for a first Grand Slam and revenge for the loss to Cilic spell the successful formula for Murray to advance to the final in four sets.

By the way, I think Nikolay Davydenko will do it tonight against a motivated Federer. Davydenko was always everyone's choice to leave the Top 10 at the beginning of each year since he somehow got there in the middle of the 2000's. He has deserved every accolade he has gotten the last several months, and I think he'll show that today.

That female bowler beating the guys is a fun story.

Rio Fedinand is getting the deserved idiot label right now. You just got back into the squad, and United need you. And yet, you go and do something like that to, well, be absent again. Genius.

A little pass half way through the NBA season, and you can already give the MVP award to Mr. James. by the way, hopefully expect a few mid-season review during something this week, possibly today.

Your first (and possible last) sports thread of the day.

TWD's Agenda For The Day For 1/26/10: Why Not Until Things Get Better?

Well the news of the last 15 hours is dominating. A lot of people hate the terrible timing of this, obviously.

Now to be fair, I feel Maddow jumped a little too hard on Jared Bernstein last night, making her opinions being felt instead of having Bernstein tell the whole info and then delivering her perspective, especially on the "across the board freeze" issue.

But I leave it to the terrific Bill McBride to say this clear:
This is an important issue, but I'd rather wait to address the deficit until after we see clear signs of a recovery.
Why even cater to the Evan Bayhs and Judd Greggs of the world? Just why?

Music AM Wakeup Call For 1/26/10: Ludacris- How Low (2010)

Whenever Dave Meyers directs a video, you know it is a spectacle. And with that, here is this morning's wake up call, with a happy return. It's Ludacris' "How Low."

The Sleep Time Thread For 1/25-26/10: Just Tevin

Promise it will be more active tomorrow......hopefully:

Monday, January 25, 2010

They Share His Philosophy

As you all aware of the last South Carolina nutcase Republican on how he feels about the poor and the poor's kids:

But while most will just single out the uncaring person that Bauer is, the real story that will only be recognized by a few (unless I am happily proven otherwise) is the fact that not only South Carolina Republicans think like that, but really, all Republicans think just like that.

There are many cowardly and smart enough to not bring out how they really feel about abetting the poor.

But we should all know by now their sentiments. The Earth revolving around the Sun is more shockingly than seeing how nutty these people are.

The Daily Open Thread For 12/25/10: Lots of Stuff.

First, Mary J. Blige's "More Than I Am", your music energy group:

The ugliness of Iraq continue with David Kelly's death being sealed until the year of 2080.

You all heard by now that Chemical Ali was hung today.

People with cavities rejoice.

While the Australian Open is in to its business end in Melbourne, the longest tennis match was just played in Sydney. And for a great cause.

Botox may have to be placed on the terror watch.....I'm not kidding.

And the latest old movie to get a revival is..........Gremlins!

And a return of your cartoon of the day......Arthur:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sports Sunday Thread #2 For 1/24/10: The Old Favre Spells A New Day For Saints

Says it all.

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 1/24/10: Returning To Their Third Home

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Sunday Morning Horror Shows For 1/24/10: He's On Again!

For the brave and nutty only....and Sunday's top celebrity is back!
Meet the Press: White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Roundtable: E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Katty Kay (BBC), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal) and Chuck Todd (NBC News).

Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Roundtable: Nancy Kordes and Jan Crawford (CBS News) (I seriously have no clue who those two are)

This Week: White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod; Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); DSCC Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Cokie Roberts (ABC News), Sam Donaldsen (ABC News) and Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd.

Fox News Sunday: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs; NRSC Chair John Cornyn (R-TX); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Mara Liasson (NPR/FNC), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Juan Williams (NPR/FNC).

State of the Union: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; DSCC Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Democratic Pollster Celinda Lake; Republican Pollster Neil Newhouse; Reliable Sources: Anderson Cooper (CNN); Joe Klein (TIME); Jeffrey Toobin (CNN).

The Chris Matthews Show: David Brooks (New York Times); Savannah Guthrie (NBC News); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Kathleen Parker (Washington Post).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Momentum Killer?

Anything filed from the Associated Press based off anonymous sourcing nowadays does not fully pass my smell test. But if this is true, way to level off all the momentum on Wall Street in one fail swoomp
President Barack Obama phoned Senate allies Saturday as two key senators predicted that embattled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be confirmed for a second term.

Obama made calls from the White House to members of the Senate leadership and others and was assured Bernanke would win confirmation, a senior White House official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private phone calls.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Bernanke confirmation by the end of this coming week, said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Updated: Via Calculated Risk, I see that the New York Times and the Fall Street Rag have picked up on the story. The insiders sure do look out for their own, don't they?

Friday, January 22, 2010

The (Sometimes) Daily Open Thread For 1/22/10

The "sometimes" is well merited because the "open thread" at this site hasn't been around the place for a little while thanks to site problems and a whole bunch of other issues. Apologies for this can't be stated enough.

Now with that said, here is the return of the Daily Open Thread:

Now Ken Burns is getting into the late night war, and it is indeed great stuff from him

As great stuff is what this one person made today. It is a wonderful new logo for NBC:

This bird is a freak like no other.

They still blame others before they blame themselves.

This lady is one of a kind.

Find out the reason why this pissed off home owner graffied his own house.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but PETA has every right to target this psycho.

And did I mention the fail of NBC......yeah.

More to come on this Friday hopefully.....stay tuned.

TWD's Agenda For The Day For 1/22/10: Stop Blaming The House Democrats, It's The Senate Democrats Who Need All The Blame

It has really been highly peculiar and damaging to our process the attack that House Democrats have received this week, especially from highly credible and usually rational sources.

And as the week has progressed, the anger directed at them for not giving the 218 votes for the Senate's bull of a bill on health insurance reform has been staggering.

But instead of the likes of Paul Krugman and Matthew Yglesias among others placing the blame on House Democrats (specifically progressives) for just being realistic and fighting for the American people, they need to again direct culpability on the damn Senate.

If this Hackio report is true (because Lord knows how Hackio is), then I suggest Krugman, Yglesias, and others demanding that the House Democrats wise up and get the 218 to WISE UP themselves:
Part of the negotiations center on whether Reid can provide an ironclad guarantee that the Senate will not leave the House in the lurch, aides said. If the House agrees to pass the Senate bill with a companion measure — or a “cleanup” bill — to make fixes, they want to know that the Senate will indeed pass it, too.

There was some talk among Senate leadership on Thursday of putting together a letter signed by 51 Democratic senators pledging to pass a cleanup bill if the House would pass the Senate bill. But that effort fizzled when support for it didn’t materialize, insiders said.

“The Senate moderates’ viewpoint is, ‘We passed our bill. We’re not going to spend three weeks on some other bill,’” said a Democratic lobbyist who represents clients pushing for reform.

“There’s a real possibility it doesn’t get through,” said another Democratic lobbyist.
You see that.

The Senate corporate centrists (because damnit if they are "moderates") don't want to take responsibility for fixing the bill "immediately" instead of "fixing it later." They know that their lobbyists masters won't like that if that is the concluding result of this all.

They would sacrifice the possibility of this bill ameliorating like it should from the garbage that it is for the benefit of their own egos and lobbyists friends. But yet, it's House Democrats, as Krugman says, that are presented with a "moment of truth." And yet, it's people like Raul Grijalva who are "flirting with history's greatest monster?"

It totally makes no sense whatsoever to paint the House Democrats as the purity idiots in this situation. And it's shocking from usually rational minded people like Krugman and Yglesias to create that totally dishonest and/or distorted narrative for those actually fighting for this bill to have any shot of actual, meaningful and lasting reform.

Has the House been flawless in this process? No. But to somehow sale that they are the enemy now in being the barricade for a meaningful bill's passage? You could convince me to see Jackie Chan's latest disaster of a movie before you get me or anyone rational to believe that. (And by the way, I happen to like Jackie Chan a whole lot.)

It is a testament to how egregious this entire process has become. When we start placing more blame on arguably the most progressives figures on Capital Hill instead of the ones with the lobbyists firming apart of their dinner reservations.

A role reversal if there ever was.

The Flashback Friday #1 For 1/22/10: Joe Public- Live and Learn (1992)

The first selection for the Flashback Friday today is this 1992 classic from the long forgotten group called "Joe Public."

It is happily called....."Live and Learn." The always memorable chorus of "You got to live and learn" just rings supreme to how classic this track is.

The first flashback for this week, enjoy it because it is a fun one:

The Sleep Time Thread For 1/21-22/10: Music Thread For 1/21/10

For the Haiti telethon, it was reported that MTV said "No" to Kanye. Then, they say they didn't. Either way, Kanye won't be there.

But I thought Lupe Fiasco didn't want anything to do with politics.

Thankfully, Flava Flav is okay after this car accident last night.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mr. Geithner.....Please Sit Down and Shut Up

After arguably the strongest move on Wall Street, where it even brought positive reaction out of the most critical progressives on whether he has been truly standing up to them, President Obama's press conference on the big banks didn't warm the hearts of everyone on his economic team.

In fact, it even led to some grumbling being heard loud and clear. And that grumbling came from a guy who really shouldn't even be opening his mouth unless it is exhaling carbon dioxide.

Oh Timothy and your unnecessary time for being a troll for AIG again:
Geithner has reservations on US bank limits-sources
President Barack Obama's newest Wall Street crackdown was met with hesitation from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who is concerned that politics could be sacrificing good economic policy, according to financial industry sources.

Geithner is concerned that the proposed limits on big banks' trading and size could impact U.S. firms' global competitiveness, the sources said, speaking anonymously because Geithner has not spoken publicly about his reservations.

He also has concerns that the limits do not necessarily get at the heart of the problems and excesses that fueled the recent financial meltdown, the sources said.

The Treasury did not respond to requests for comment.
Now these anonymous sources don't help things for Geithner, especially when they hide under the cloak of anonymity like the cowards they are. They'll gladly leak out what he said to them, and get possibly away with it if Obama wants to deal with him alone behind closed doors.

But for Geither to even say a damn thing of negativity to anyone about Obama's decision, in which his current boss has been his most staunchest defender of him through the fire, shows the amount of cahones he has (and Summers as well).

Salon's Andrew Leonard says it perfectly :
What can we tell from this pusillanimous attempt to undermine Obama's biggest regulatory initiative within hours of its unveiling? Simple: There was a big fight over the direction of regulatory reform policy at the White House, and Geithner lost. A good soldier would shut up and do his best to get in line -- certainly, as Geithner's superior, Obama has been unstinting in his defense of the Treasury Secretary, and at no small cost to his own standing with progressives. But instead, we get sour grapes comments about "global competitiveness" -- standard conservative boilerplate when free market ideologues argue against any kind of regulation that might put a crimp on private enterprise.

One should still be cautious. Maybe these leaks are the work of people within the administration who are looking to embarrass Geithner. Or maybe, although I'll admit this is unlikely, he's pulling some kind of jujitsu move to give Obama cover with the left: (See, if Geithner doesn't like it, it must be good policy.) But I don't think so. If the Reuters story is true, Geithner has made it clear where his allegiances lie -- with Wall Street. It's time for him to go. Paul Volcker looked pretty full of energy Thursday morning, and he did a pretty good job as Federal Reserve Chair way back when. Maybe we should get a chance to see how does as Treasury secretary.
Timmy, please, either grab a mop, SIT DOWN and SHUT UP, Resign, or just get fired.

One of those four things would be a lot helpful than the BS that leaked to Reuters this evening.

The Catch Up Thread For 1/21/10: I Will Ask The SCOTUS If This Blog Is A Person?

Lots of things to get into today. Good, bad, great, and ugly:

Today was a great day to be a powerful corporation, as we all know the news by now about how conservatives are the real "judicial activists" on the Supreme Court:
In a ruling that has major implications for how elections are funded, the Supreme Court has struck down a key campaign-finance restriction that bars corporations and unions from pouring money into political ads.

The long-awaited 5-4 ruling, in the Citizens United v. FEC case, presents advocates of regulation with a major challenge in limiting the flow of corporate money into campaigns, and potentially opens the door for unrestricted amounts of corporate money to flow into American politics.

In the case at issue, Citizens United (CU), a conservative advocacy group, was challenging a ruling by the FEC that barred it from airing a negative movie about Hillary Clinton. CU received corporate donations and the movie advocated the defeat of a political candidate within 60 days of an election. CU argued that the FEC ruling violated its freedom of speech, and that the relevant provision of McCain-Feingold was unconstitutional.
The outage at the conservative cartel of Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas has been obviously felt throughout

Tom Goldestein from the intrepid and industrious America Blog
Much will depend on the wording, but today's decision is a small revolution in campaign finance law.
The remarkable Dahila Lithwick
Even former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist once warned that treating corporate spending as the First Amendment equivalent of individual free speech is "to confuse metaphor with reality." Today that metaphor won a very real victory at the Supreme Court. And as a consequence some very real corporations are feeling very, very good.
And it even caused President Obama to voice in total disapproval over the outrageous decision
"With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics," said President Obama in a statement. "It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans... That's why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision."
It was a forceful type day from the President, as earlier, he went full hard on the banks by going on the advice of Paul Volker instead of Larry Summers or Tim Geithner.....finally:

The looks on both Volker's (first) and Summers'(second)faces say it all:


The news that Air America has folded has rippled across the air waves.

And we are truly living in the age where 41 is greater than 59.

If CNN would stop doing politics, it would be a great news network.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Um, This Was Out Of Nowhere

Let the right be in more unexpected glee. Not very helpful Paul Krugman:
Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership. Barney Frank seems to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.
This is weird from Krugman. He gets on Obama now, even though he didn't do that after the horror that is the Senate bill was revealed in its final form.

He then proceeds to call out FDL and Marcy Wheeler over their legitimate digging of Jonathan Gruber.

Now, in a move where Obama is arguably doing the best thing by not demanding as of the moment that the Senate bill get rammed down the House's throat, is now giving up by seeing this?

Krugman picked the wrong moment to lose hope in Obama. It would have been justifiable if he felt this way on the Pharma deal or the Senate finishing their disaster of a bill. But to do this at a time where there is a chance that the bill actually gets better?

Not helpful from you Mr. Krugman. Not helpful at all.

"We Can't Pass The Senate Bill"

Realizing that passing the Senate bill as it stands would be potentially very damaging, the last coalition of figures in the way of a monstrosity bill going into law has told the Speaker of the House they cannot pass the Senate bill.

The meeting, which took place not too long ago, re-emphasizes the drama of the situation aggrandizing by the millisecond
“We cannot support the Senate bill — period,” is the message that liberals delivered to the Speaker, Dem Rep Raul Grijalva told me in an interview just now.

Some had hoped Pelosi would push liberals to get in line behind this approach, in hopes of expediting reform, but that didn’t appear to happen in this meeting. Pelosi mostly listened, Grijalva said, adding: “We didn’t get any declarative statement from her.”
The immense pressure that everyone is in could lead to a standoff between both chambers of Congress
Tellingly, House liberals also urged Pelosi to consider passing individual pieces of reform through the House as individual bills, and sending them to the Senate to challenge the upper chamber to reject them, Grijalva tells me. Liberals said this approach would be preferable to passing the Senate bill.
And the strong progressive figure that is the Arizona Congressman is in full display at this most crucial juncture
For instance, Grijalva said, why not send the Senate individual bills that would, among other things, nix the “Cadillac” tax or close the donut hole, pressuring the Senate to deal with each provision separately?

“If the Senate chooses not to close the donut hole, that’s their damn problem,” Grijalva said. “They’ve had it too easy. One vote controls everything. Collectively, we’re tired of that.”
House Progressives know that the Senate bill still is serious political ramifications waiting to transpire if it becomes thee final bill overall.

The obvious questions will continue to linger. Will the White House realize that reconciliation could make the situation drastically better than it is now, and coerced Harry Reid to that option? Obama's declaration of seating "Cosmo Nude truck guy" into office could be a sign of that happening.

Or will it be reconciliation to repeat the Senate bill at verbatim as Pelosi reportedly is requesting (as David Shuster said on Twitter).

The former choice is a million times better than its latter counterpart. Will they have the courage to place themselves and the nation in a more much auspicious position?

That is still clearly to be determined.

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