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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Soulful For 2/28/10: Jaheim- Put That Women First (2002)

Your Sunday soulful selection for the evening, giving him the recognition for his recent album having some decent success, here's Jaheim's "Put That Women First" from 2002.

Sports Sunday #2 For 2/28/10: What The Greats Do

They come up big in the massive moments.

Sports Sunday For 2/28/10: The Border War Final

In the minds of most hockey fans and analysis, an Olympic Final that did not pit Russia vs Canada would have been a disappointment for maximum buzz and attention. Unless, of course, that final turned out to be the United States vs Canada instead.

That alternate dream final is what has been given to hockey fans, sports fans, and casual nationalistic fans of all rounds today, as the two neighboring states will battle in the climactic event of this Vancouver Olympiad.

The stage for this final was set last Sunday, when an inform Ryan Miller outplayed an aging Martin Brodeur in the US's impressive upset over the Canucks 5-3 last Sunday. That win sent a struggling Canada team into having to face the Russians two rounds earlier than expected, in a quarterfinal where one of the two superpowers were going to leave British Columbia without a medal to show.

And it was Canada, buoyed by a much needed kick start 8-2 domination of Germany, who took it to the Russians in that quarterfinal stage with an emphatic 7-3 win. It was a massive confidence boost for the hockey obsessed nation, as Mike Babcock's side showed they were finally living up to expectations. They used that flowing momentum to handle Slovakia 3-0 on Friday to reach the ultimate match they had to make on home soil.

For the Americans, the expectations that came with last Sunday's win over the Canucks could have been too much for a long of predominantly young teams, susceptible to a letdown in the next game and crashing out.

But the strict Ron Wilson has done a terrific job at keeping this team steady to their principles of energy, diligence, and persistence. Those characteristics were vital in surviving a dangerous Switerzland side 2-0 in the quarters, as goals from New Jersey Devils' young standout Zach Parisie was the difference in that nervous contest.

There were no concerns however for the States against Finland in the last 4, as they thrashed Olympic all time goal leader Temmu Selane's side with 6 goals in the first to win 6-1.

As always in hockey and especially in the big games, goalkeeping is so crucial. The Buffalo Sabres' Miller has been nothing short of terrific in this tournament, and will have to be today to make it a legendary double against the Canadians.

On the other side, it seems like destiny is shining on Roberto Luongo. He is playing in his home arena, as the man in front of the net for the Vancouver Canucks. And he was placed in that net to make sure goalkeeping does not cost Canada another painful defeat to their neighbors to the South like it did last Sunday.

Amazing enough, Sidney Crosby hasn't even been mentioned in this preview. But with how deep the Canadians are, Crosby's performance will not be the determining factor as to whether the host nation will be in a state of euphoria or despair at match's end. Still, if the "NHL man of the times" has his best game of the tournament on its ultimate stage, you can be sure that the celebrations will be wild in Vancouver.

Predictions: I do think the after last Sunday, Canada wanted this rematch so bad. But the US, with their mix of intrepid players and veterans like Chris Drury and Brian Rafalski (two goals and an assist last Sunday against his long time former teammate Brodeur) will not backdown to the moment at all.

Still, last Sunday's lost was the thing that Canada needed to be spurred to the title. And with all the factors surrounding this contest, I think Canada takes the gold 3-1.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Night Thread For 2/27/10: A Loving Brother, Even To A Crazy Nut

You would think that after a national nutcase has smeared your character and strongly contributed to you resigning from your prominent job that you would harbor ill feelings for a long time for that person.

And saying nice things about that individual? What prodigious marijuana are you smoking?

So when Van Jones got on the microphone last night at the annual NAACP awards to accept "The Achievement Award", you know what he had to say about Glenn Beck????

Did he call him an a--hole? Did he say "You'll never stop me idiot?" Nope, he said this.

'I see you, and I love you, brother.'

Yes, the former White House green czar said that last night to the man who made him out to be the black Stalin at every moment he had the chance too. More importantly, those comments from Jones about the "Fixed Comedy" idiot came after the usual powerful and poignant advocacy that rational people come to know him buy.

Last thing I want to say is this: To my fellow countryman, Mr. Glenn Beck. I see you, and I love you, brother. I love you, and you cannot do anything about it. I love you, and you cannot do anything about it. Let’s be one country! Let’s be one country! Let’s get the job done!
Truly the perfect response, whether he meant it or not.

As some of you probably know, this week has been declared by some as "The Return Of Van Jones". He has returned to the wonderful folks at "the CAP" in the role of a Senior Fellow and leader of the new Green Opportunity Initiative, which will focus on “creating economic opportunity in distressed communities.”

Jones also made an appearance this week on "Wells Fargo" front man scam artist Travis Smiley's show , signing his return back in the public light.

Now normally, unless he "Bark, barks" like a dog or just make me laugh with how lunatic he is, I don't care about any response or what the Dreck one has to say about something.

But I sure will be attentive to if he gives back the love that Jones so wonderfully (and cleverly) did last night.

Unless "Killing them with kindness" is too much for Goldlineboy.

(In addition: He will also be teaching at Princeton. Oh M.L.H., this news you will love to hear.)

(And thank you in a major way Center for American Progress, because I have been looking for this video since I saw it last night.)

TWD Saturday's Song of The Week: Joell Ortiz feat Novel- Call Me

Shame it will never get any "lamestream" attention from the likes of Clear Channel owned stations. Their lost (but they don't care).


Your Media

Yes, because in the aftermath of the President talking about the earthquake in Chile and the incoming tsunami in Hawaii, it's only appropriate to ask about Charlie Rangel (Just go to the 3:50 mark):

I would love to pay someone to tell me the name of the royal clown who asked about Rangel. I would love too.

The first thing that came to his mind was about a politician instead of the natural disasters. What a journalist that guy is. What a journalist.

It truly is absurd how stupid most supposedly "serious people" are in my profession.

If you want to see local coverage of how Hawaii is handing the incoming Tsunami, you can click here.

Sports Thread For 2/27/10: The Full Runthrough (Updated)

The sports thread:
Photo from Sky Sports

You would think for an Arsenal fan that a Manchester City 4-2 defeat of Chelsea coupled with winning 3-1 one at arduous Stoke City would be the perfect day. But telling them that another one of their players was destined to endure a horrific injury from a dangerous challenge would have dampen the celebration.

Those results turned out to be the case, as Ramsey seems to have suffered a broken leg eerily similar to the one Eduardo had two years ago at Birmingham City. The man playing the role of Martin Taylor here was Ryan Shawcross, and it was just as egregious to watch.

Thoughts are certainly with the talented Wales teenager, who was getting better and better as the season progressed.

To Shawcross' credit, he was showing tears as he was sent off the field unsurprisingly. The emotions of the moment will certainly weigh on his head for a long while I think.

Arsenal showed tremendous character to win the match, as they are without a question firmly in the title race in the BPL.

In other sports news, Jason Kidd had a blast for the past moment last night. And thensome:

After giving Kansas its first lost of the season, Tennessee has given Kentucky its second loss of the season, as the Vols beat the Wildcats 72-65.

It was another case of Kentucky's main achilles heel, their outside shooting, costing them like it did against South Carolina, as John Calipari's side went a dreadful 2 for 22 from the 3 point line this afternoon.

Behind a career game from J.P Prince, the Bruce Pearl led team showed once again how Thompson-Boiling Arena is one of the most difficult places to play in all of college basketball.

And Bodie Miller's wonderful Olympic revival is over, as he did not medal in his final event today.

Your updated sports thread folks.

Updated: And after Kentucky lost earlier in the day on CBS, down goes Kansas at the hands of Oklahoma State.

Photos And Info Of The Damage

Photo from Reuters

Photo from Martin Bernetti/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Photo from the Associated Press

122 are reported dead down there. God bless to their families in this shockingly horrible time.

I saw a friends' post on Facebook talking about the exeprience. "Scared to death, but safe."

President Obama to talk about the earthquake in Chile and the Tsunami coming to Hawaii at 2.

Friday Night Thread For 2/26/10

Montell, let's go:

Damn, Jeff Bridges hasn't won an Oscar?

10 awesome airplane perks.

Is Jenny McCarthy in some trouble?

Watch out for the dominatrixes?

Major duh.


So damn true.

And that so damn true is because of stories like this.

Enjoy this video by laughing at it...

Goodnight all.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Flashback Friday #2 For 2/26/10- Nelly Furtado- I'm Like A Bird (2000)

Yes, it was the "Wakeup Call" yesterday, but ran out of ideas for what would be a second Flashback song. Also, this song is just that great.

Anyway, here is the second Flashback music video for this Friday, Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like A Bird."

The Ultimate Example Of The Post-Racial Society: Trent Franks

Just go right to the 6:22 mark, or read below:

FRANKS: In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say "How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can't believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible." And we're right, we're right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America's soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
In the mind of Trent, me and all my fellow African Americans are living in current times worse than being whipped, lynched, whipped so more, lynched some more, you get the picture.

The Cinema For 2/26/10: Let's Just Move To Next Week

Cop Out of "Cop Out" or else
The Cinema is back this week, as it is burdened with another dreadful movie in the month of February. It is of course the Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis film "Cop Out."

I'm just going to let Richard Roeper sum "Cop Out" for you in three words: "An unholy mess."

"Bruce Willis is playing a New York police office, who would have thought of that?"

Perfect from Roeper. Because that is what this unoriginal trash is. What in the hell was director Kevin Smith thinking about when he signed on this?

This week does have one notable release saving it, as the remake of "The Crazies" is not a bad horror flick at all in the minds of most.

The Star-Ledger's Stephen Whitty gives it an encouraging look:
If the plot sounds vaguely like “28 Days Later,” and tempts you to yell “rip-off!” well, contain your own rage. That hit movie used the same idea (without credit) as the original version of “The Crazies,” made in 1973 by zombie king George Romero. This movie is the official remake, made with Romero’s blessing — albeit not all of his political, paranoid style.

His gritty, DIY version featured some memorable (if unrepeatable) acts, as all humanity fell by the wayside. This slicker, more polished movie contents itself with simple good scares.

It has a bunch of them, though, and an appealing star in Timothy Olyphant, as the sheriff of that small Iowa farm town. With one deputy, one jail cell and a town drunk, it’s pretty much a Mayberry existence.

There are others though, like The Detroit News' Adam Graham, who were disappointed with it.
Director Breck Eisner ("Sahara") creates an eerie mood early but can't sustain it, and doesn't make us care about the characters once they're pared down to a few survivors. Furthermore, he relies too heavily on "gotcha" instances for scares and surprises, and scenes staged in a car wash and an oil change pit are too silly and too cramped, respectively, to be effective.

If there's a message in all this, it's buried in blood splatter. Which is fine, but makes "The Crazies" more disappointing than if it had less lofty goals.
Just a short interesting note about "The Crazies." The team behind the movie is Participant Media, who backed "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Good Night, Good Luck." So good for them, either way.

And that's it for The Cinema this week. With "Alice in Wonderland" on the slate next week, hopefully I will be able to give you a full review myself instead of the usual other sources.

Until then, FIN.

The Flashback Friday #1 For 2/26/10: Soul To Life- Back To Life (1989)

The first selection for The Flashback Fridays is the 1989 timeless joint from Soul To Life titled "Back To Life."

"However do you want it, how ever do you need it." It's TWD Friday.

Jim Bunning's Middle Finger To The Jobless

What a hateful bastard:

Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month.

As Democratic senators asked again and again for unanimous consent for a vote on a 30-day extension Thursday night, Bunning refused to go along.

And when Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection, Politico reports, Bunning replied: "Tough shit."

Bunning says he doesn't oppose extending benefits -- he just doesn't want the money that's required added to the deficit. He proposes paying for the 30-day extension with stimulus funds. The Senate's GOP leadership did not support him in his objections.

Oh, but it gets better
And at one point during the debate, which dragged on till nearly midnight, Bunning complained of missing a basketball game.

"I have missed the Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9:00," he said,
"and it's the only redeeming chance we had to beat South Carolina since they're the only team that has beat Kentucky this year.

All for a meaningless college basketball. You know, despite Wildcat basketball being a massive part of "Blue Grass Life", I would think the unemployed Wildcat fans would rather their Senator focus on giving them benefits they direly need instead of watching John Wall and DeMarcus Collins be Top 3 NBA Draft picks.

But that's okay for this former pitcher. And that's okay in general for the party he is apart of.

Holding the nation at hostage again with no shame. How sick are these people?

The Break For 2/26/10: Relief, Paterson To Not Seek Re-Election

Saves himself the embarrassment
Gov. David Paterson is poised to announce that he is pulling the plug on his campaign, a source close to the embattled governor tells DN Capitol Bureau Chief Ken Lovett.

Resignation is not in the cards at the moment.

A time and location for the expected announcement have not yet been set. Lovett and I were told to expect official word this afternoon, but there are now reports that it could come sooner - perhaps even before midday.

There is no word at all from Paterson's press office, to which multiple calls and e-mails have been directed.

More as the story develops...

UPDATE: Another highly-placed Democratic source who has known the governor for years confirmed he indeed appears to have come to the decision that he cannot stand for election this fall, but also cautioned: "It's (Paterson), so we'll see."
This saves Paterson from Andrew Cuomo embarrassing him. The writing was on the wall long enough.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 2/25-26/10: Congrats Joannie Rochette

A bronze in the week after the passing of her mother. Major blessings to her . And major congrats to the Olympic champion Kim Yu-Na, as she handled all the pressure on her shoulders flawlessly to win the goal medal in convincing style.

And gosh, how could NBC may another dreadful mistake like this. Oh that's right, because Dick Ebersol is an idiot.

To Tevin, Goodnight:

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Music Thread For 2/25/10: More Please

Anything that gets the middleman out of the artists' way is a great thing:
We recently looked at an example of Twitter collaboration in the music world, but this may be the first case wherein the micro-blogging network was used for mainstream sample clearance.

Pitchfork reports on an exchange initiated by Erykah Badu on Twitter, seeking last-minute clearance for a sample from the Wings song “Arrow Through Me.” Looking to connect with Paul McCartney, she appealed to anyone who might help connect her to him or a closer contact in the chain.

Following the stream of tweets, it looks like Badu got a hookup to Lenny Kravitz, who knows McCartney’s daughter Stella, who then connected her to Paul. He approved the sample clearance and she thanked her “Twitter fam” for making the clearance come together.
Now if they can get the first dubs on royalties for their albums, then thing swill really change.

But this is a nice start.

Our Liberal Media, Part 252587

Arguably the most poignant, humanistic moment of today's summit came from Louise Slaughter. But you wouldn't have known that if you were watching MSNBC or CNN.

Our vapid media, once again, focused solely on profit motive instead of doing what they are technically suppose to do as "news channels." What a surprise! A lovely way to follow in the footsteps of the Ruppy Comedy Channel "liberal media."

And watching their neglect for this moment in the summit, the first sign of many that all this policy stuff of Republican aspersions and senseless ideas was not attractive enough of a television event for them, was truly painful to watch.

First, let's highlight the touching comments from New York's 28th District Congresswoman. In a monologue that was truly worth the look on C-SPAN, Slaughter discussed the preexisting conditions problems, especially towards women, in this country. And as she continued, she gave a perfect example at our insane system's attack on women that Eric Canter proudly loves.

"You will not believe this and I know you won't, but it's true. Her sister died. This poor woman had no dentures. She wore her dead sister's teeth, which of course were uncomfortable and did not fit."
As of now, that is the only video on Youtube that I could find of this jaw-dropping tale that Slaughter shared with America today (and it had to come from Andy "I will shut down the institutional left" Breitbart of all people).

Lucky for me, I would have not been cognizant of Slaughter's account if I were tune into our cable networks apparently:

Yup. CNN thought it was worth it to show ad's while MSNBC thought it was essential to have a conversation with none other than Mike Pence! So, so important was it to cut Slaughter's comments to do these things, especially interview Mike Pence!

Funny enough, the Fixed nuts did devout attention to Slaughter's comments than the other channels. But it sure wasn't in a way to highlight our moral problem in America. based on her story. Instead, it was used a typical folly on a Democrat:
So how did Fox Nation react to this?

If I needed another example of how much fail my profession is in this country.

But the media's failure shouldn't overshadow Slaughter's chilling moment delivered today. It's another lowlight added to own nation's health care ugliness, worthy of as much attention as Obama's smackdown of McCain or how Paul Ryan was for the CBO before he was against it.

I would be an absolute fool through if I held my breath until that deserved spotlight on her comments is noted.

Sports Thread #2 For 2/25/10: Purdue's Robbie Hummel Tears ACL, Gone For The Rest Of The Season

And there sadly goes Purdue's chances to win the national title and probably both earn a No.1 see and win the Big 10 conference.

Robbie Hummer is out for the season after he found out he tore his ACL last night in Purdue's solid win over Minnesota on the road.

Tough news for the standout junior and the Boilermakers.

Summit Bowl! (Part 1): Alexander Lies; McCain Makes A Fool Of Himself, Again; Slaughter With A Chilling Story

Now enter the Summit bowl.

And everyone should know what this summit is all about. It's all about Republicans looking stupid and having no good ideas at all.

Enjoy, as the snark will be prevalent:

Anthony Weiner, not invited, makes a terrific point as he LIVE blogs about it at the Kos.
Some things to watch out for this morning at the health care summit:

Will anyone actually explain the status of the public option?

We know the President supports it. We know that the Democrats at the table overwhelmingly support it. We know that the American people support it. And we know that the House of Representatives already voted for it.

So what's the problem?

At least in the game of Clue we find out who did the crime at the end. Before we write the obituary on the public option, I hope somebody explains.

Well, the public option did get mentioned in that first three hour period, as Steny Hoyer of all people brought it up as discussion.

The main highlight for me that exemplifies this entire process was at the beginning, as Lamar Alexander lied about the CBO report about premiums. As President Obama gladly corrected him (and pissed off Alexander of course in the process), premiums go down even in the much maligned Senate bill.

However, you know all the cable channels will obsessively talk about this, although it is a great television moment:

But the quote of the day that needs to get as much as it deserves is Louise Slaughter's chilling account of a women who couldn't afford dentures. "She wore her dead sister's teeth."


Music AM Wakeup Call For 2/25/10: Nelly Furtado- I'm Like A Bird (2000)

Despite the goodness of her working with Timbaland and all over the majority of the last decade, I'll take this Nelly Furtado over any other version. This is her best song to date in my mind. And it is your morning wakeup call for this morning:

The Break/Sports Thread #1 For 2/25/10: Wayne Bridge Declines To Play For England Again

In a stunner of a story, Wayne Bridge has quit the England National Team thanks to the situation with John Terry.

Bridge has pulled his name for the important upcoming friendly on the FIFA international date against Egypt as well as anything else in the future, including the World Cup.

The personal issues aside, with Ashley Cole out until at least late April (and that being ambitious), Bridge' decision to not play for England because of Terry puts Fabio Capello in a bind at left back.

Everton's Leighton Baines is the now the first choice for the country in that position. And though his quality is improving with every single day, he is susceptible still to give up crosses and pushing up to he field too far at times. Simply, Bridge on his day is a little better than Baines at the moment.

Nevertheless, Bridge's decision personally could be viewed as a selfish one though, especially in the court of public opinion that obviously backed him big time in the aftermath of all of this.

But you can sure bet he isn't sorry about it.

Yesterday's Leftovers For 2/25/10: At Least Sign The Letter

Quietly, Tom Harkin joined Jay Rockefeller yesterday is virutally proclaiming the public option as dead.

With how neither showed no desire to sign up for Michael Bennet's Letter signing for the PO, it shouldn't have been a surprise that the rational Iowa Senator came out publicly to show no support for a position he was an ardent supporter of for so long.
"I hate to say it, but I am not certain we're going to be able to get a public option in this bill," Harkin said with a sigh, in an interview on the eve of President Obama's bipartisan healthcare summit. That phrasing may sound relatively optimistic, but the way Harkin discussed the public option made it clear he didn't see much hope for the plan for now. "That doesn't mean we stop trying... I keep reminding people that this bill is not written in stone, like the Ten Commandments, for ever and ever. This is a law, it's a bill, we change laws all the time around here -- that's what we do."

Now the thing that is disconcerting here is the fact that the likes of Senators Harkin, Jay Rockefeller and Russ Feingold wouldn't even sign the letter. Harkin could still hold his view of the government option not being in the final bill while keeping the momentum going by believing it at least had a chance. Instead, he choose not to along with those other two supposedly reliable "progressive" Senators.

If Sheldon Whitehouse and Sherrod Brown could sign onto the push, then why couldn't those three?

Again, we can easily argue over what type of public option would be (or would have been) implemented if it is (or was) somehow placed in the reconciliation bill, and whether it would actually make that the dramatic difference that it should make even if it is weaker than the House version. The argument there is strong to say that it wouldn't merit significant change, as well as the feeling that it could possibly up the CBO score.

But it all comes down to the overall idea and potential of the public option to improve to heights that the current Senate bill just can't reach.

The public option, if done correctly, can go nowhere but up, while the Senate bill is disproportional to it in terms of its ceiling (or basement to be proper), starting off okay but possibly being a disaster (unless important changes are made).

Any implementation of the PO into the health insurance reform bill is a winning situation both in terms of policy and especially politics. And this negative move by Harkin can nullify all the fighting that he did for the PO late last year, and the same goes for Rockefeller, Feingold or any progressive figure in the Senate.

It makes people skeptical on whether you really REALLY wanted it in the bill now. I really believe in my heart Harkin does want it, as well as Rockefeller and Feingold.

But those Senators can't claim now they fought 100% or tough and nail for it.

Because they would have did what Bennet sure didn't have to do, which was bring the public option back to life. The Colorado Senator could have left it alone and laugh at the thought of doing what he has done with some House Dems, Adam Green, and MoveOn.org.

Bennet chose not to, and the likes of Whitehouse and Brown joined him in support by signing onto it.

Harkin could have at least supported it. Sadly, he joined Rockefeller and Feingold's ridiculous silence by making a poor decision.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 2/24-25/10: Stealing Jon Stewart's Moment Of Zen

Because this is just for appropriate for it:

Until then rest is sufficient, here is Tevin.....God bless:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sports Thread #2 For 2/24/10: A Hapless Goalie Is The Main Victim Of Revenge

It was a long night for (Photo from the IOC)
A lot of casual fans watching hockey seriously for the first time ever (or in a long time, and yes, last year's wondeful Stanley Cup Finals count as in a long time ) probably developed a myriad of jokes for the pain that was watching Evgeni Nabokov this evening.

I couldn't help but be apart of that cabal, but it was more in total jaw dropping shock than taking glee in the Russian goalie's worst nightmare of his career.

In what was suppose to be the final transformed into the de facto final, the ruthless Canadian assailment on their bitter rivals right from the opening moments of the contest made most wonder "Did Germany dress up in Russian uniforms to enact some sort of payback for losing 8-2 last night?"

And then it hit me and virtually everyone else the minute Ed Olczyk said "Nabokov has got to come out of this game".

No matter how much coach Vyacheslav Bykov may try and console him, along with an invincible Alex Ovechin and the rest of his teammates, the San Jose Sharks' man between the pipes is as dejected as a kid right now after his performance.

The 4th goal he conceded exemplified how his confidence level diminished rapidly to zero. He was in no man's land, way outside of his blue zone area and letting Brenden Morrow blunt all the momentum Russia received from Dmitri Kalinin putting them on the board. It was the key point in the game, ruining any chances of a comeback. Instead, it was the continuing of a beatdown.

Just three days ago, all the goalkeeping condemnation rest on the shoulders of Mike Babcock. Probably every Canadian sports radio talk show, from the small towns in Newfoundland to the impoverish streets devastated by this Winter Olympics coming at their discretion, were in unison with the obvious message. "Babcock has got to solve our goalkeeping problem by getting rid of Bordeur and returning to Luongo or else!"

That sentiment of deflating and frustration is now felt times three over in the land Sarah Palin can see from her window. And you can here the calls now of "Bykov is in an idiot for not replacing Nabokov with Ilya Bryzgalov. He should have took him off the moment the third goal has scored."

Because unlike Bordeur's elderly stumbles, there was no room at all for Nabokov's (and his defense's) mishaps for the world to see.

And no room at all now for anything to console him as the main target of the host nation's desired revenge.

Sports Thread #1 For 2/24/10: US Survive A Dangerous Trap Game; Mourinho, Inter Win Battle 1 Over Chelsea

Photo from Getty Images' Bruce Bennett
It was a tight and tenuous affair, and it could have easily been a disappointing defeat off the highs of Sunday. But Ryan Parsie, Ryan Miller, and Erik Johnson made sure that their team did not suffer such a fate.

The US team advanced to the semifinal round by beating the disclipine and rugged Swiss side 2-0 in a contest that could have swung the other way. Despite the US having more than double the shots on goal, the brilliant goaltending of the Anaheim Ducks' Jonas Hiller stifled the Red, White, and Blue until Parise scored what turned out to be the game winning goal just as the final period started.

After the Swiss looked to have equalized later on in the 3rd, Parise added the crucial additional goal with 12 seconds left in the contest thanks to an empty net.

The U.S. will await the winner of the Czech Republic and Finland in one semifinal on Friday.

But all attention has now shifted to the massive final held sadly tonight, as Canada and Russia resume their amazing rivalry tonight. Remember, the Russians eliminated the Canadians four years ago at this stage in Torino, and the bitterness of this rivalry is further enhanced by the Crosby-Ovechin hatred for each other.

Should be captivating stuff.

Speaking of captivating encounters, Jose Mourinho faced most of his former players tonight, as Inter Milan took a 2-1 advantage over Chelsea in their Champions League first league contest. Diego Milito shook the struggling John Terry out of his boots to opening the scoring just three minutes in before Salomon Kalou equalized in the 51st minute off of uncharacteristic bad goalkeeper from Julio Cesar.

But Esteban Cambiasso gave Inter into what will be an emotional return to Stafford Bridge for Mourinho with his impressive 55th minute volleyback.

In the other contest, Sevilla takes the edge back to Spain after a 1-1 tie at CSKA Moscow. Alvardo Negredo 25th minute finish brought nervous ennui throughout the Luzhniki Stadium for the entire match, even after Chilean pace merchant Mark Gonzalez equalized with the goal of a day in the 66th minute to give the home side hope in the return leg three weeks from now.

This man is the prankster of our times:

And it was a historic day in the cricket world, as Indian sensation Sachin Tendulkar sets a record .

Your first sports thread.

The Break #2 For 2/24/10: Bye Bye Hummer

And good riddance:
General Motors said Wednesday that it was shutting down Hummer, the brand of big sport-utility vehicles that became synonymous with the term “gas guzzler,” after a deal to sell it to a Chinese manufacturer fell apart, The New York Times’s Nick Bunkley reports from Detroit.

G.M. said only that its planned sale of Hummer to the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Company “cannot be completed,” without giving a reason, but the $150 million deal had been stalled as the companies awaited approval from the Chinese government. G.M. had been trying to sell Hummer for a year, and struck a preliminary deal with Tengzhong last June.

The two companies had planned to close the deal by the end of January, then delayed the deadline by a month in the hopes of getting the green light from China.
But I can hear some nut saying the Obama Administration ordered GM to shut the Hummer down because it fits their Energy Agenda.

Sight at me not being far from the truth of how crazy they are.

The Cinema News For 2/24/10: Someone Check New Line Cinema's And George Lopez's Weed

Yes, this is the worst idea ever:
When you have been accused for decades of being a cheap caricature and resorting to ethnic humor for easy laughs, does an endorsement from George Lopez help or hurt your cause?

Speedy Gonzales, the hyperactive Warner Brothers rodent who calls himself “the fastest mouse in all Mexico,” is on the fast track for his own feature film. And not only will Mr. Lopez, the comedian and TBS talk-show host, provide the character’s voice, he also gives Speedy his “Latino seal of approval,” according to his wife and producer, Anne Lopez.
I thought the only Cinema news I was going to talk about today was Matt Damon signing on to star in another movie about RFK.

But this news was too good (or too awful) to just past up.

Music Thread #1 For 2/24/10: It Was An Ugly Week For Album Sells...Unless Your Lady Antebellum & Sade

Without any notable premieres last week, it was a totally forgettable week for albums sales. Sade stays at the top spot for a second straight week thanks to such dreadful returns, as she moved 190,000 units to become just shy of 700K sold overall. Even though it's only ten songs and really isn't that good at all, that what name recognition among the old crowd will get you.

But the paltry sum of this week's top selling album isn't the standout fact for such a porous week . This following stat is:
ast week, the top 40 of the Billboard 200 was populated with eight new arrivals, seemingly released to capitalize on the Valentine's Day holiday. This week, with V-Day in the rearview mirror, the chart's highest debut comes from Story of the Year's "The Constant," way down at No. 42 with 14,000.
Wow. Pretty meager stuff right there.

However, nothing "meager" can be said about Lady Antebellum, as the country group becomes the first to have a 2010 released album go platinum:
As for the non-Sade titles in the top 10 this week, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" holds at No. 2 with 144,000 (down 31%). In turn, it becomes 2010's first million selling album as it reaches 1,041,000 in only its fourth week of release. It's the first title to sell a million so early in the year since the Game's "Documentary" hit a million in the fifth week of 2005.
Still, the numbers don't lie for this week. Black Eyed Peas shot up to #3 despite failing off from last week's sales total.

The rest of the top ten in order rounds off as Gaga's "The Fame", Lil Wayne's "The Rebirth", Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed A Dream", Alicia Keys "Element of Freedom", Jaheim's "Another Round", Josh Turner's "Haywire", and Taylor Swift's "Fearless."

And that's the album sales review for this week.

The Break For 2/24/10: The "Little/Tiny" Jobs Bill Has Passed (6 GOP Senators Flip From "No" Vote On Cloture)

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

By a 70-28 vote, as disguise Republican Ben Nelson votes as such. Will get the full roll call in a second, as a lot of news is happening right now.

The full vote, as Lautenberg for obvious reasons) and Kay Hutchinson (remember that Texans for governor) were absent.

And the hypocrites would voted "no" on cloture two days but voted "yes" today to claim they fully supported the Jobs bill all alone were, surprise, Republicans.

And their names are Alexander, Cochran, Inhofe, LeMieux, Murkowski and Wicker. The BS continues.

And notice from the Associated Mess's Andrew Young :
The measure passed by a bipartisan 70-28 and now goes back to the House, which passed a far more ambitious version in December. (bolded by me)
A "more ambitious version" that, you know, actually paid for much more jobs?

Music AM Wakeup Call For 2/24/10: Talib Kweli feat Mary J. Blige- I Try (2004)

Enjoy this classic:

Yesterday's Leftovers For 2/24/10: Why Do House Republicans Hate Native Hawaiians

You would think that House Republicans would have no problems with giving Native Hawaiians the same respect that Native Alaskians and Native Americans (Sports team's monikers withstanding) receive? Simple issue, simple solution, no need to make it partisan at all.

But these House Republicans, please.

The Akaka Bill, as it is nicknamed after the Hawaii Rep. Daniel Akaka authored the bill, has been demonized unsurprisingly by the nutcase wing. The bill clearly shows that Native Hawaiians are not recognized as Native Americans, preventing Native Hawaiians from opening up casinos.

However, Republicans always have some sort of a reading comprehension program:
Republicans, on the other hand, are fiercely opposed to the Akaka bill. They argue that it actually does recognize Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe – something they say Congress does not have the power to do. Congressional Republicans believe that Native Hawaiians are a racial group instead and that the Akaka bill would “confer upon them racially exclusive benefits, discriminating against Hawaiian residents of other races.” Adding:
H.R. 2314 could lead to a racial balkanization in Hawaii and elsewhere, providing for different codes of law to apply to people of different races who live and function as part of one currently homogenous community.
Real classy, aren't they?

You would think that Native Hawaiians did something awful to these people and that revenge was needed to be given back to them. Maybe it's because President Obama showed that he was born, maybe it's due to Hawaii being a foreign land in general for them. Either way, they really don't like Native Hawaiians all that much.

And with the exception of six people, they voted exactly that way, as the bill passed the House for a third time in its lifespan by a 245 to 164 vote.

Now why couldn't the rest of those 160 Republicans vote like Cao, Cole, Ehlers, Jones, Tim Murphy and Alaska's Don Young (who would be a total hypocrite if he voted against something that his state's natives have)?

Because the rest of them are complete bigots showing how insane they are yet again.

But don't worry, because it turned out to actually be a bipartisan vote on the other side as well. That was possible thanks to four Democrats joining their bigots on the right in full unison. Congratulations House figures Bright, Giffords, Himes and McMahon for joining in on choosing to deny Native Hawaiians the respect they seek.

Will be interesting if any Senate Democrats join in the "Hate Hawaii fun", as the Akaka Bill hopes the third time is the charm for its passage in the big chamber.

Other Leftovers include:
Obama endorsed Ayers, the right will be angry..........though it is not Bill.

Let's hope Jan Schakowshy's bill works.

And that dude is really an A-hole.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 2/23-24/10: Well That's A Great Way To Return

I still think he should sit out. But there goes that viewpoint.

To Tevin, goodnight:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Can COBRA Please Be Extended For Way More Than 15 Days?

As the "Jobs for Main Street Act" possibly gets a final vote tomorrow, lost in the discussion of the bill has been the absence of a needed extension for unemployment benefits.

Now Harry Reid has already pledged an extension for COBRA (The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation ACT for those who wanted the know the technical meaning of COBRA like me). That piece of news seems like "problem solved, right?"

Well, that's until you see that the Senate Majority Leader has pledged the extension for only 15 days.

To say Reid's move is "beyond baffling" is being polite. And it's getting the deserved criticism that it merits:
"Unemployment offices are really really going to have a huge problem," said Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the NELP. "They can't handle this two-weeks-at-a-time stuff. It keeps them in a constant state of flux. This is going to create more work for them when they can least afford it."

Rich Hobbie, director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, agreed.

"They definitely prefer a significantly longer extension to help them avoid this on-again, off-again extension, so it's a bit disappointing," Hobbie said. He added that the 15 day extension could be problematic because unemployment insurance is a weekly program, and state agencies might be confused by that extra 15th day. "We'd much prefer a six-month extension."
Continuing in the sentiment of Reid's move being a true sheer moment of stupidity:
The progressive Economic Policy Institute's Ross Eisenbrey reminded Sen. Reid in a statement that the unemployment rate is in the double-digit range in most parts of the country.

"Given this grim reality, Senator Reid's announcement that the Senate will debate a 15-day extension of unemployment benefits was disheartening," said Eisenbrey. "The extended benefits program will be needed for another year at least, so a 15-day extension makes no sense. The American people may not be familiar with the arcane rules that are grinding the Senate to a halt, but they are all too familiar with the hardships that this recession has imposed on their families, friends, and neighbors. Senators have got to find a way to move forward to provide help to Americans who are out of work, starting with a 12-month extension of unemployment benefits.

"Waiting until the last minute to vote on an extension has already cost the states millions of dollars and forced them to send cut-off notices to workers receiving unemployment checks. Extending the program for only 15 days will force the states to twist themselves into knots to re-start the program while simultaneously preparing to shut it down again. This is waste and abuse."
Maybe more abusive is the fact, as David Dayen has brought to my attention, how Reid is planning to bring back the tax extenders that Republicans (and Max Baucus) were angry he took out of the current Jobs Bill back as part of a package with the 15 day extension of unemployment benefits.

What is so funny (and sad) about that is the fact that placing the tax extenders amendment with COBRA extension probably is the only way any Republican would vote for.......extending unemployment insurance to the jobless.

Gee, I'm not a big bad talking head strategist and all, but, you know, wouldn't that be a perfect label to further paint how Republicans don't care at all for the downtrodden in this nation?

You might as well potentially win the Midterms right there and then without all the hassle by daring Republicans to vote against that?

Instead to no one's surprise, Reid may willingly play the corporate bipartisan helper here yet again. But it isn't even a meaningful year or 6 month extension of CORBA. It's for 15 days.

Not only that, but for anyone needing a reminder or additional talking point on why it is great to facilitate fellow Americans in their period of not having a steady consistent job (like myself), the evidence is clear: unemployment benefits provide additional stimulus to the economy.
Besides the lifeline that the benefits provide for unemployed workers, advocates point to their stimulative effect on the economy. “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that UI benefits generate up to $1.90 in GDP per every dollar spent, making the UI provisions the most cost-effective policy for stimulus efforts in 2010,” NELP writes. “According to the Economic Policy Institute, extending the ARRA’s provisions for the duration of 2010 would generate an additional 800,000 needed jobs, since safety net spending results in greater disposable income for recipients to use on goods and services.” NELP estimates that without long-term congressional action, 5 million Americans will run out of unemployment insurance benefits by June.
However, with the conversation about the stimulus leading most to believe it was a disaster, maybe that's a reason why this isn't getting the proper discussion it requires.

Hopefully some Democratic Senator will recognize the importance of continuing to provide a critical hand to someone who still can't find a job in the midst of the bills, loans, or other things individuals have to pay for.

Because it sure would look and sound a whole lot better than "we have got to extend this tax extenders" to big corporate businesses like Baucus loves to do.

The Daily Open Thread For 2/23/10: The Legend Of Shaun White Grows

It really was "The Festive of the Whites."

Good times.

And Shaun White's interview with Colbert was so good that he made Colbert laugh a few times
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That's something that most news people can't even do.

Music Thread #1 For 2/23/10: Johnny Cash Highlights This Week's Album Releases

I guess we won't need Joaquin Phoenix for this one. Johnny Cash has another posthumous album titled "American VI: Ain't No Grave." The cover is so funny.

The punk rock group Alkaline Trio return with their 7th album "This Addiction."

And after that.......... that's it. That's all the notable releases this week.

So, onto the news.

Due to that terrible "Loubtins" single, Jennifer Lopez has been dropped by Sony .

This was about as blunt and honest of an assessment at someone saying " Whitney Houston sucked. And sucked bad."

And Joell Ortiz is hilarious.

Your music thread.

The Tube For 2/23/10: The Rough Times At ABC

Not a good day for the Disney network and its now ex or soon to be ex staff
In what it called a “fundamental transformation,” ABC News said Tuesday that it was seeking to substantially reduce its staff, possibly by up to 25 percent.

Employees said they were told that the news division is seeking 300 to 400 buyouts, and would resort to layoffs if necessary. ABC News currently employs roughly 1,400 people.

The cuts at ABC, a unit of The Walt Disney Company, are among the steepest ever conducted by a network news division, and are likely to be seen as a further erosion of the company’s news-gathering arm.

ABC News employees said Tuesday that the reaction to the cutbacks was muted, mostly because the announcement had been expected for weeks. “Everyone sees the reality of the industry, and everyone wants to stay competitive,” said one employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by the network to speak to other media outlets.
Rough out there. Real rough.

But in other ABC stories that broke today
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol will make her acting debut on the ABC Family drama series, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

The 19-year-old will play herself on the hit show.

Palin, who is probably the most well known teen mother in the U.S., will appear as a friend to the show's main character, Amy.
Our ever changing world.

The Amazing Chronicles Of The Public Option: Show The White House It Has The Majority Votes For The PO

Photo from the AP's Charles Dharapak
It has been a wild last 24 hours in the wild life and times of the government insurance option.

From Debbie Stabenow and Daniel Inouye adding their names to the Michael Bennet's Public Option push becoming 23 to Jay Rockefeller halting the momentum by somehow saying it would be too partisan to have a public option through reconciliation, the amazing twists and turns of the PO have risen to new unexpected levels.

And now today, after MoveOn.org has brought back Heather Graham and Steny Hoyer punted the PO responsibilities to the Senate again, Robert Gibbs has deemed that the PO just doesn't have enough votes to get the full majority support in reconciliation.

As Greg Sargent reported, Adam Green sent a furiously expedient response back after hearing what Gibbs said, saying the White House possessed a "loser mentality."

Green is right here, and so is Jon Walker and Ezra Klein earlier in the day. President Obama has to come out and just say he wants the public option or not. Stop letting Rockefeller be the boogeyman or anyone else and just say you don't want the public option now publicly.

Because it will be something if more Senators continue to sign onto the public option pledge and deservedly force the White House's hand on this. When the likes of Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and Tim Johnson sign onto this when they sure as hell could have not paid Bennett's push any serious attention, then the White House's attempt at not dealing with the public option forcefully is pretty pathetic.

If these Democratic Senators truly believe in the public option, then all they need to do is show full proof that they indeed have the majority votes to pass it through reconciliation.

And if it gets to that point, then the White House better know what to do then. But the argument could easily be made that they should be supporting the push right now.

Sports Thread #1 For 2/23/10: Jayson Williams To Serve At least 18 Months In Jail

Photo from Johnson/Pool
One of the luckiest individual sport figures ever will finally be locked up.
A tearful Jayson Williams apologized Tuesday for the fatal shooting of limo driver before he was sentenced to up to five years in prison.

This means the former NBA star will be eligible for parole after serving just 18 months for the death of Costas (Gus) Christofi.

The slain driver's sister, Andrea Adams, had asked the judge to make Williams serve the max - with no parole.

An angry look crossed Adams' face as State Superior Court Judge Edward Coleman imposed the more lenient sentence.

But it closed the book on a painful chapter in the troubled life of the former power forward that took eight years to resolve.
And he was clearly lachrymose about it:
In court, a tearful Williams apologized to the Christofi family and to his own family and friends.

"I sincerely apologize for my actions that caused [Christofi's] death," Williams said. "I'm embarrassed and deeply sorry for my choices and actions.

"To my family, please forgive me for the pain I've caused my children. You deserve a better father, son, brother than I have been," he said.
Most have focused of course on Canada probably facing Russia in the quarterfinals instead of the finals in Olympic hockey thanks to the bad lost to the US on Sunday. But just as important of a factor in that predicted final happening two rounds earlier is because of the Canadians mediocre display against the Swiss.

By going into overtime to win that game, Mike Babcock's side cost themselves a chance to finish ahead of Finland and the Czech Republic in the final preliminary standings.

If the Canadians had defeated the Swiss in regular time, they would have received the final bye spot that the top second place team in all of the groups received instead of the Fins. Canada had a better goal difference than Finland, but lost out on the point total between the Fins and the Czech Republic.

And for that, your gold medal match is now a contest where the loser will not medal. Wow.

Kobe is returning to action tonight. The Lakers went 4-1 without him if you didn't know.

Julius Peppers and Darren Sharper will be on the market. Oh boy.

Amazingly enough, the Patriots and Vince Wilfork have reconciled to the point that he could be there for a while. Belichick knows how important Wilfork is, and him and Bob Kraft finally won't be cheap like they have done their non-Tom Brady employees for several years now.

Despite another big win for UConn in the Big East last night at home against West Virginia, they still are on the outside looking in for the NCAA tournament.

The lone highlight of this year's New York Knicks season is a celebration of the team 40 years ago:

And I never understood UEFA's decision to make the Champions League Round of 16 stage an endless month process now. There was nothing wrong with the first two knockout stages being a fortnight long. Now this decision to split up the four matchups by one week and making their return leg be three weeks after the first one is just plain silliness to the max.

Your first sports thread.

Update: A day after LaDanian Tomlinson was released by the Chargers, Brian Westbrook has been released by the Eagles.

This comes as no surprise as well, as Westbrook is in the same position as Tomlinson is right now. A running back who has seen his best days go by. And that reality makes it all the more silly over talk of Tomlinson possibly going to the Eagles.

Why get rid of your old running back to bring in another?

The Read International For 2/23/10: A Beginning Of The End For The Darfur Disaster?

Action in Qatar could spell the possible end of one of Earth's darkest conflicts (Photo from EPA)
Could the enormous conflict that has received major international attention be on the precipise of ending?
Sudan's largest opposition group is set to sign a peace deal with the government that could end the conflict in Darfur.

Documents setting out the terms of the deal, to be signed in Qatar on Tuesday, appear to offer government positions for the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem), the Reuters news agency reported.

The documents are the first concrete sign that Khartoum is prepared to share power with the group.
A major reason for this potential deal is because of upcoming elections and pressure throughout the world to end the human ugliness that has transpired for seven long years. But there is still a ways to go before that ultimate result becomes reality:
But officials warned a March 15 deadline for a final peace deal was overly ambitious.

"After the agreement is signed, the rest will come through more negotiations," said Adrees Mahmoud, a Europe-based Jem representative, who was in Qatar for the signing.

El Sadig el-Faqih, a former adviser to Sudan's president, who was also in Qatar, told Al Jazeera the move was a "framework to start discussing the details" and a peace deal could only go ahead when all parties were involved.

"It is essential for all parties to be part of it and I think the mediators are working diligently to realise this fact ... it is important to include everybody," he said.

"It is a framework, it is not the final peace agreement yet."

Darfur's other main armed group, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), is refusing to talk to the government, demanding an end to all violence before negotiations begin.
The war criminal that is Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is there for the signature today. As the Al Jazeera article explained, al-Bashir can't be arrested since Qatar is not apart of the International Criminal Court. The ICC charged this intolerable figure with crimes against humanity at The Hague in 2008, but they dropped the term "genocide" for al-Bashir's crimes that same year.

We'll see what happens with this story.

A milestone that will not be celebrated by anyone has been reached in Afghanistan. There now has been 1,000 U.S. soldiers killed since the war started in 2001. I wish that AP article through displayed the number of civilian casualties as well.

And in more fresh Afghanistan news, the latest big name Taliban figure to be captured has been taken to the eastern part of that country. Mullah Abbdul Kabir was arrested by Pakistan authorities according to a Pakistani official, though American officials couldn't confirm it at the time.

Just like the arrest of Abdul Ghani Baradar last week, it is paramount for the United States to make sure that Pakistani officials do not torture Kabir. Doing so would destroy all the good work of capturing both individuals in the first place.

And in a refreshing light moment for this thread, the Dali Lama was asked about Tiger Woods yesterday. His reply: Who?

Your read international thread for the moment.

Yesterday's Leftovers For 2/23/10: A Standout Day Of Struggle For That Comedy Network

On a daily bases, there are about a trillion embarrassing moments from the Fixed Propaganda comedy channel to laugh at. Yesterday, there were three moments to highlight where even a casual political person would still think "Why do people even dare call it a News channel."

The first example is the network's tireless scramble to delegitimize Ron Paul's straw poll win at CPAC. It truly is worth a few laughs:

Second is yet another needed lesson in Chyron 101 for them. And unlike the usual mislabeling of Republicans as "Democrats" and viceversa, this following error should cause even more humiliation. The victim was the John McCain primary challenger J.D. Hayworth, who based on his features lead Fixed to believe he was a "she" actually:

The third and final highlight making this network the laughing stock that it is comes from Brit Hume's continuing his disturbing assault on Tiger Woods remaining a Buddist instead of becoming a Christian. You can't make this stuff up:

Why do they want to be Comedy Central 2 so hard?

Update: We have another Chyron 101 error!

Music AM Wakeup Call For 2/23/10: K'Naan- Wavin' Flag (2008)

One of the artists that just needs to get more attention Stateside so badly:

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread/Music Thread #2 For 2/22-23/10: New Track from GLC Called "Momentum"

GLC- Momentum

GLC - Momentum (Official Music Video) from Davy Greenberg on Vimeo.

To Tevin, Goodmoring and Goodnight:

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