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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Break For 5/31/10: Another Al Qaeda "Higher Up" Is Dead


Man, with his whole entire family:
Al-Qaeda on Monday said one of its top leaders, Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, has died along with his wife, three of his daughters, and his granddaughter.
More to come on the developments of where at he died.

Sports Thread #1 For 5/31/10: 2010 NFL Stanley Cup- Hawks Hold Serve At Home, Put Pressure On The Flyers

Photo from NHL.com
2 games away from a long awaited title, but the Flyers have been break neck close these games.

By the way, the ratings have been really good for these finals. Shame they now will go on Versus, a channel people still don't know where the heck it is at, if they even have it.

The Read International For 5/31/10: State Department Declines To Criticize Israel, While Everyone Else Does

So despite almost everyone else criticizing Israel, the State Department of this nation declines to do just as so .
The State Department says its supports "expanding the flow of goods to the people of Gaza." But it adds that it must be done "in a spirit of cooperation, not confrontation."

Officials are reacting to today's Israeli commando raid on a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip. Nine passengers were killed, provoking international outrage and a diplomatic crisis.

President Barack Obama is voicing "deep regret" over the incident. The White House says he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed by phone to hold White House talks orignally set for tomorrow "at the first opportunity."

Meanwhile, here is video from Al Jazeera contradicting the one released today from the IDF .

I really do believe that if this was Iran attacking some activists from Israel, the response would be all the world different, of course.

The Gulf of BP Chronicles For 5/31/10: Not Good At Predicting Things

Not........Good...............AT.....................ALL:


Figures he might say that, since he believes in the "Heckuva Job" philosophy as well I guess:

The managing director of one of the big companies of this world, with this type of judgment and foresight.

No wonder why we are in the dire mess that we are in.

The Real International For 5/31/10: A Bloody Massacre


On a day here in America where we expected to have a memorial for those that served our nation, today over in the Middle East (and a few other places around the world), there are unexpected memorials for those in pain or have lost their lives abroad the Freedom Flotilla.

As most of you have probably heard, nine people were killed by Israel commandoes on board that ship, as they were traveling to the Gaza strip to provide humanitarian aid in the human rights mess over there.

And as Jamal Dajani reports, these people certainly did not have the label of "violent extremists" that some have labeled over in Israel.

Now the "we said-they said" factor of blame has been in full effect since this has happened, as most including Israel's ally India, along with the usual figures of Palestine President Abbas, Hamas (which governs the Gaza Strip), and Turkey (where most of the passengers were from) have condemn the Zion nation, while the Netanyahu government have claimed that those on the Flotilla welcomed them with violence and unfriendly behavior, prompting "self-defense" yet again.

Either way, a key reason that should blatantly show for everyone that those commandoes acted so pestilently is this:
The flotilla was attacked in international waters, 65km off the Palestinian coastal enclave.

Avital Leibovich, an Israeli military spokeswoman, confirmed that the attack took place in international waters, saying: "This happened in waters outside of Israeli territory, but we have the right to defend ourselves."
You could understand the surrounding of the ship if it were under the jurisdiction of Israel. But it wasn't.

And you wouldn't see Prime Minister Singh and his nation condemn their ally if they didn't think clearly something terrible and unjust like this transpired. This is another blow for Israel's popularity in the Middle East. And it shouldn't have even lead to that.

Glenn Greenwald asks a very big question :
Among the countries condemning Israel for its attack are Russia, Turkey, India, China, Brazil, France, Spain and many more. By stark contrast, the White House issued a statement which conspicuously refused to condemn the Israelis (Obama "expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today’s incident, and concern for the wounded"), while the U.S. State Department actually hinted at condemning the civilians delivering the aid ("we support expanding the flow of goods to the people of Gaza. But this must be done in a spirit of cooperation, not confrontation").

Obama's call for "learning all the facts and circumstances" is reasonable enough, but all these other countries made clear that this attack could never be justified based on what is already indisputably known: namely, that the ship attacked by Israel was in international waters and it resulted in the deaths and injuries to dozens of civilians but no Israeli soldiers were killed and a tiny handful injured. In any event, Obama's neutrality will have to give way to a definitive statement one way or the other, and soon.
And it can certainly only illicit a stronger reaction from Obama over the next few days, not this "I'm not going to hold Israel accountable" one.

The 1st Thread, Memorial Day Version For 5/31/10

Thanks to inclimate weather, Obama had to have his Memorial Day speech cut short:
President Barack Obama's Memorial Day observance was stopped in its tracks on Monday by a torrential downpour accompanied by bolts of lightning and booming thunder.
Obama thrilled the crowd at Abraham Lincoln National Ceremony by appearing under an umbrella as the rain poured down. But he did not deliver his prepared remarks honoring troops who died fighting for the United States.

Instead he urged the crowd to seek shelter in their cars.

"I am going back to mine," he said from the podium, the storm so loud his words could barely be heard through the amplifiers.

As it became obvious that the storm was not going to ease, aides announced that Obama would not make his speech. Instead, he climbed onto buses where the crowds had taken shelter and greeted the visitors who had been soaked by the storm.

And the legend that is OTOOLEFAN provides the line of the day, as he always does .

More to come on this Memorial Day folks.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Soulful For 5/30/10: Ruff Endz- Someone To Love You (2001)

What an underrated duo, what a great song. Your Sunday Soulful for this week, it's the heart felt "Someone To Love You" from Ruff Endz. If you don't know them or this song, well, you're in for another Sunday Soulful classic.

The Read International For 5/30/10: Columbia Presidential Elections Will Go To A Runoff

Goodbye Uribe, Bush's homie. Columbia is voting for a new president today, and it really comes down to Juan Manuel Santos and Antanas Mockus.

TWD will keep you updated on the results.

Update 1: After 6.3% of the vote, it's Santos early.

Update 2: Santos maintaining his sizable gap with nearly half of the vote counted.

Update 3/4: Passed halfway, and it appears that Santos will keep the Presidency on the right. And it looks to be more and more the end result.

Update 5: Not in doubt now, Juan Santos looks set to follow up after his former boss and become the new President of Columbia. And that means the Right wing will retain that seat.

Update 6: Now Santos needs 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff, and it appears that won't happen. But it will be very hard to defeat him in the runoff with how high of a total he received here in the general.

Update 7: And the runoff on June 20th will be going down. And with Columbia not going to the World Cup, all the focus in that nation will clearly be on the election.

Sports Sunday Thread #2 For 5/30/10: Dario Magico, Takes His Second Indy 500 Title

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 5/30/10: Lewis Hamilton Wins The Turkish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton with a much badly needed win, taking the Turkish Garnd Prix.

But the race changed with less than 20 laps left, when the nightmare thing for any team to witnessed happened when Sebastian Vettel collided with Mark Webber. The two teammates for Red Bull had a lot of tension as the weeks progressed, and it boiled over into a collision costing them the constructors lead.

What a massive mistake. Here is the full summary and all of the particulars.

The points standings get even tighter right now: Mark Webber still in the lead at 93, while Jenson Button in second with 88, Lewis Hamilton in third with 84, Fernando Alonso 79, and Sebastian Vettel with 78.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Saturday Fun Thread For 5/29/10: The Fastest Fighter Ever

This guy is so fast, he would make Mayweather and Pacquiao look like molasses.....

More to come folks, on this TWD Weekend.

The Gulf of BP Chronicles Thread For 5/29/10: Looks Like "Top Kill" Is Killing Itself

What a shame .
The New York Times has the bad news:

BP engineers failed again to plug the gushing oil well on Saturday, a technician working on the project said, representing yet another setback in a series of unsuccessful procedures the company has tried a mile under the sea to stem the flow spreading into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP made a third attempt at what is termed the “junk shot” Friday night, a procedure that involves pumping odds and ends like plastic cubes, knotted rope, and golf balls into the blowout preventer, the five-story safety device atop the well. The maneuver is complementary to the heavily scrutinized effort known as a “top kill,”which began four days ago and involves pumping heavy mud into the well to counteract the push of the escaping oil. If the well is sealed, the company plans to then fill it with cement.

The technician working on the project said Saturday pumping has again been halted and a review of the data so far is under way. “Right now, I would not be optimistic,” the technician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the effort. But he added, that if another attempt at the junk shot were to succeed, “that would turn things around.”
I think it's safe to say that in a sane world, their gas stations across the country and everything else their own would be out of business right about now.

Update: But wait, they have a new idea!!!
The new option proposed is to cut the existing riser and to install a new riser and cap over the breach. According to Suttles, the new containment effort will take about four days and has the potential to capture a great majority of oil, but not all.

TWD Song of The Week For 5/29/10: Sade- Babyfather (2010)

One of the few good tracks off a lackluster album. But hey, it went gold in one week and platinum in no time, so that's the only thing that matters.

And she is really a smart, smart person with how clever she is with this song. Your Song of the week, Sade's "Babyfather."

TWD Condolences For 5/29/10: Dennis Hopper Has Passed Away At 74

Photo from Reuters

First Gary Coleman yesterday and now Dennis Hopper today on this Memorial Day Weekend here in the United States. The highly accomplished actor has passed away today, as his bout with prostate cancer ends.
Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic “Easy Rider,” died Saturday at his home in Venice, California, from complications of prostate cancer, a friend told Reuters. Hopper was 74.

The hard-living screen icon died at 8:15 a.m. PDT , surrounded by family and friends, said the friend, Alex Hitz.

Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 5/29/10: 2010 French Open, Day 7:

Serena and Djokovic through, Roddick and the Bryan Brothers gone, and NBC starting off Live coverage!
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TWD Saturday 1st Thread For 5/29/10

Bring in Luda........


.....De La Soul:


And Obama's weekly message, requesting to honor the fallen today:


And from the terrific Alpha

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Night Thread For 5/28/10

Bring in Montell:

Sports Thread #2 For 5/28/10: No Collapse

Going to the Finals for the 21st time.

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 5/28/10: Kanye West- The New Workout Plan (2004)

One of the greatest and most underrated videos of all time. It fits perfectly with the song 100% all the way.

Man, Anna Nicole Smith memories in this video folks. So enjoy your second Flashback of the day, it's when Kanye West was a sane individual compared to what he has currently morphed into (though the return to straight rapping on the next album could be a major improvement, though it won't reach the humility he occasionally showed on "The College Dropout").

Enjoy this greatness!

The Fun Thread For 5/28/10: This One Is For Your Gary

The original theme intro from the first season of Different Strokes......always so wonderful to see:

Diff'rent Strokes Opening Theme - Version 1 - Click here for more home videos

And here is the 1st ever episode, "Moving In."

Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3:


More to come at TWD today folks, and rest in heaven Gary.

Obama: "BP Is Financially Responsible & Will Be Held Accountable"

President Obama held a press conference right outside of what was formally the Gulf of Mexico today, slamming British Petroleum and indicating that they "will be held accountable" for their actions.

Obama also indicated that BP is financially responsible for the entire 7 week disaster that has transpired in front of the nation's eyes.

But we shall see if BP is made to pay all of it and held fully accountable for their pestilent actions in due time. First on the mind is for operation "top kill" to work. And for BP's sake, it had better work.

The Break For 5/28/10: Gary Coleman Has Died At Age 42

The sad news that we all have feared has broken. Gary Coleman has passed away at age 42.

He had slipped into the coma and got progressively worst over night.

The terrible fall he suffer led to this macabre results, as his family and friends were by his side before he passed away.

In tribute for sure, even though there will be more, here is the highlight catch phrase:

Sports Thread For #1 For 5/28/10: Tsonga Completes "Star Studded Favorites Win Day" At The French

Photo from Reuters
It was a star studded day, as the rain did not come down on Paris today, leading the tournament to get back on schedule. No big upsets at all, and play is still going on as we speak of the moment (pardon ESPN's mindlessly dumb decision to show tape delayed coverage).

Here's Live coverage of the event, while ESPN stays on its happy tape delay ish on ESPN2 (I'm not sure if ESPN3.com is Live, but I will check that).
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It Was Only A Matter Of Time

I was thinking when would he start going after Obama's daughters, and now that great classy day has come :

You would probably forget from his insanity like no other here that he has a daughter himself. How at the behest of that child, I feel the need to say that I feel sorry for her that her daddy is the definition of a psychopath in the dictionary.

I wonder how he will go after the dog Bo in the future? He'll probably bark all over his show like he barked earlier in the year.

All for decline ratings I say!

But, But, But, But, But........He's In Trouble

Heh:

And yet, Chris Matthews is still on his "Blumenthal is a liar and dishonorable man" crusade.

So funny looking at these fools still acting like fools.

The Straight Jacket Award Of The Week: Is There Any Other Choice

No, there surely is not........even with Rand Paul putting himself in late contention to retain his award.

He Needed To Make Some Headlines This Week

Maybe he was sad that he was loosing attention:
Here's another one for the list of out-there Rand Paul statements...

Paul recently suggested to a Russian TV station that the U.S. should abandon its policy of granting citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants -- even if they're born on U.S. soil.

Paul also said he's discussed instituting an "underground electrical fence" on the border to keep out unwanted elements, though he emphasized that he's "not opposed to letting people come in and work and labor in our country."

The real problem, Paul said, is that the U.S. "shouldn't provide an easy route to citizenship" because of "demographics."
Shame that there is only 2% Hispanic population at best to make Paul play for his statements.

And it obviously sets a dangerous precedent where even if you are born here, only Paul will determine who is a citizen and who isn't.

But that's Randy Rand for you.

The Friday Flashback #1 For 5/28/10: Tupac- Keep Ya Head Up (1994)

My favorite song from him, and always a blessing to hear. Your 1st Flashback music video of this Friday and Memorial Day Weekend opener, it's the classic from when he was sane and in a right mental place.

It's Machiavelli with "Keep Ya Head Up."

The Sleep Time And Rise "n" Shine Thread For 5/27-28/10: The Cinema- Robert Ebert Rips Apart That Sad Vapid Movie

I give you the legend that is Ebert and one of the greatest reviews ever:
Some of these people make my skin crawl. The characters of "Sex and the City 2" are flyweight bubbleheads living in a world which rarely requires three sentences in a row. Their defining quality is consuming things. They gobble food, fashion, houses, husbands, children, vitamins and freebies. They must plan their wardrobes on the phone, so often do they appear in different basic colors, like the plugs you pound into a Playskool workbench.
It is worth the whole read and thensome. In fact, there will be many standout interviews that will highlight how unbelivably awful this movie is to society.

To Tevin, have a good sleep/start to your day:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sports Thread #2 For 5/27/10: He Did It For Queensbridge!

And he did for all of LA, because they were going to have a heart attack if he didn't:

The Break #4 For 5/27/10: Now The House Does Its Part To Repeal DADT

Not a surprise, a simple majority and thensome (234-194) led to that happening.

A lot of Republicans really do hate the military. Full rollcall coming soon, as it now heads to the Senate.

Update: And here is the full roll call. And that means that Ron Paul, Joseph Cao, and a few others Republicans are to the left of jim Webb on this issue.

Music Thread #2 For 5/27/10: A Key Element Of Why The Music Industry Is As Sad Is It Is

Jimmy Iovine's willing ignorance to not mind M.I.A's dangerous statements is a disturbingly a characteristic of music label bosses nowadays to their artists
In reading the fine article from Lynn Hirschberg that caused M.I.A to become a complete psychopath and ruined the accomplished journalist's life today, a key paragraph explains one underrated reason why "mainstream" music is in the sad state that it is in today.

It is about the perspective from one of the true titan bosses of industry being okay with M.I.A's dangerous ignorant statements that contributed to exacerbating the Civil War in Sri Lanka.
“Maya had all the pieces of the puzzle,” Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Records, told me. “When I met her, I thought, Who wouldn’t want to sign her? Her politics didn’t matter to me. The whole game is about waiting for that moment to move popular culture. Maya can move the needle. I want to go where she’s going to take me.”
This is a legendary figure in Iovine who is saying something so reckless and egregious that it hurts my head even processing what he said.

Now I (and everyone else in this world I hope) understand that all music artists, from when music labels and artists became global icons starting in the 20th century, aren't expected to have the knowledge of a political analyst or journalist on big news issues (even though most of our current "political analysts" should not even have that proper description of them for how dreadful they are). I get that and clearly understand.

After all, music will forever be first and foremost about entertainment, and entertainment second. It's not about how much you know, it's about how many people you can captivate the most with your music. Rhodes Scholar or high school dropout, rock or rap, it doesn't matter what the genetic makeup is. All of us are hopefully cognizant of that always prevalent fact of music that pops up every single day of our lives.

But it comes to a point where some knowledge, especially knowledge on an ongoing war where anything you say could have a serious effect on it, is necessary. And it especially comes to a point when you, as a big CEO or A&R of Iovine stature, need to somehow tell your artist of the dangers of how your comments in your music and out of your music can cause, you know, the death of some people (or something non-lethal but still extremely deleterious to society).

I'm not asking to make your artist change his or her whole album, or make sure that all their facts on any issue goes through an extensive fact check. That would be just pure straight jacket crazy.

I'm just simply requesting that CEO's just do a simple thing of making sure their artist's "politics" doesn't lead to the inspiration of some deadly ish occurring.

Now of course, Ice-T with "Cop Killer" and NWA with how Reagan and Bush were on their cases of slaying the feds is an example of that. And labels shouldn't have been exempted from that either back then of at least talking to their artists about the effects of their words (even though it wouldn't have stopped their artists from saying what they had to get off their chest).

But at least back then you never had record execs go on record and basically say "I don't care if his or her words encourage terrorist actions on someone" like Iovine basically did in that Hirschberg piece.

That lack of accountability, that lack of a moment where the boss puts his or her shoulder on one of his or her artists and gives them prescient advice that is warranted, does not only highlight the artists ignorance alone.

For the CEO, A&R, and label big wig who signed them is also painfully ignorant themselves, or even worse, willingly letting something they know that is wrong and potentially a "WMD in words" go right on freely by until it destructs into something terrible happening.

The willingly neglect by these big wigs like Iovine is one under the radar example of why the music industry is in the pathetic state that it is in.

The Break #3 For 5/27/10: Senate Armed Forces Committee Votes To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

By a 16-12 vote, with the whole runthrough to come in a few minutes ladies and gentlemen.

Collins joined the Democrats, while Webb kept his weird promise of being a gay bigot and voted with the Republicans:
Maine Republican Susan Collins joined 15 Democrats in adopting the repeal plan as an amendment to the 2011 Defense Authorization Act, which should receive a floor vote next month. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) was the lone Democrat to vote 'no' with the Republicans. The House is expected to adopt similar language later tonight or tomorrow.
And that vote in the House could be coming soon.

The Gulf of BP Chronicles Thread #2 For 5/27/10: Well, I Guess No Top Kill Today

After all of that talk and hype, it will have to wait another day:
Ugh:

HOUSTON — BP had to halt its ambitious effort to plug its stricken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday afternoon when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid they were injecting into the well was escaping along with the leaking crude oil.

A technician at the BP command center said that pumping of the fluid had to be stopped temporarily while engineers were revising their plans, and that the company hoped to resume pumping by midnight, if federal officials approved.

The technician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said the problem was not seen as serious. "We’re still quite optimistic," he said, but cautioned: "It is not assured and its not a done deal yet. All of this will require some time."
Midnight they say is when it will continue.....we shall see.

The Break #2 For 5/27/10: Gary Coleman Is in Critical Condition

Prayers and blessings for him now :
Gary Coleman has been hospitalized in Utah and is, per one report, in "critical condition."

The former Diff'rent Strokes star, who lives in the state, was transported from his home to a surgical ICU yesterday afternoon, E! News has confirmed.

But so far the details are sketchy.

"We're just getting bits and pieces right now, so there's really nothing to report," Coleman's manager told E! News. "If there's anything to announce, we'll let you know."
Let's hope for the best.

Music Thread #1 For 5/27/10: Oh Dear M.I.A., Oh Dear.

I respected MIA despite her BS support of the terrorists Tamils in Sri Lanka. But this really is a global black eye over here in the U.S.
But that's not her number in that tweet.

Instead, that is the number of the New York Times reporter who wrote the article that has made the already hot tempered artist even more angry. And so angry, that it lead her to do one of the most disturbing and insane things anyone could do, let alone a famous artist with a global outreach.
Celebrity profiler/muckraker Lynn Hirschberg (she wrote the infamous 1992 Kurt ‘n’ Courtney profile in Vanity Fair, for one) learned that the hard way today when her recent New York Times cover story on M.I.A. displeased the singer enough to make her post Hirschberg’s personal cell number on her official Twitter.
Guess what? That post by M.I.A has not been taken down off her page. In fact, that post is still there as of this post.

Maybe it's the "militant leftist terrorist daughter 'Public Enemy' lyric loving" in her to do such a crazy, insensitive, and shameful thing. Either way, M.I.A deserves no one's support and everyone's criticism on her for virtually attempting to ruin the life of a journalist just doing her job and actually writing a fair piece about her. (I mean, the New York Times gave her a photograph session, goodness gracious.)

This event aside, M.I.A needs to understand that there will be some questioning her militant, "for the underdog" persona when she's basically wealthy beyond life at the moment. And that's not even bringing up the bubbling tension she feels whenever Lady Gaga is uttered around her.

For a person that is a serious risk taker and is always ready to push buttons, this is an embarrassment moment of utter immaturity and recklessness from her. And hopefully she'll reach a rational state where she will realize how psychopathic she has acted today with her actions.

Sports Thread #1 For 5/27/10: 2010 FIFA World Cup Thread #1- Essien Out For World Cup, Spells Major Doom For Ghana

Photo from Getty Images
The blow of the tournament, without even a question:
Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup™ due to injury.

The 27-year-old missed a large part of the recently-concluded season due to knee and ankle injuries and has hardly played any competitive football since December.

National coach Milovan Rajevac had hoped the former Lyon man would be passed fit for the showpiece tournament in South Africa this summer, but the Ghana Football Association today announced he was not expected to be back in action until the end of July.
First Michael Ballack and now Michael Essien, both Chelsea midfielders ruled out of this World Cup. And though Germany may somehow coup with the loss of their captain, Ghana's chances of making big progress in the first African World Cup has been severely damaged by the injury of their superstar do it all midfield general.

Either way, both Australian and Serbia, in the tournament's group of death in my mind, are licking their chops at both of their group rivals without their influential Stanford Bridge respective "Michael" forces.

The Break/The Gulf of BP Chronicles For 5/27/10: BP has "Plugged The Damn Whole" (Updated, Can't Confirm That)

The news is breaking that "Broken Promises", I mean, Bristol Petroleum has plugged the whole .
And here's the delivery :
Reporting from Houma, La. Engineers have succeeded in stopping the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government's top oil spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The "top kill" effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, has pumped enough drilling fluid to block all oil and gas from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well is very low, but persists, he said.

Now from the live feed, stuff is still coming out of the Pipe:
But they have pronounced that they have closed it. We shall see if that news, which would be very welcoming, is true.

Update 2: Now a Reuters report is saying that isn't officially the case yet:
The unified command tackling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cannot confirm or deny a Los Angeles Times report that BP (BP.L)'s "top kill" operation to plug its leaking well has succeeded, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"At the moment, we can't confirm or deny anything," she told Reuters, when asked about the Latimes.com report which cited Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. BP shares rose more than five percent in London trading.

Allen, who is leading the oil spill response operation, told National Public Radio that BP engineers had "been able to force mud down and not allow any hydrocarbons to come up".

Update 2: And get this :

Music Wakeup Call For 5/27/10: Trey Songz - Yo Side Of The Bed (2010)

Good delivery for Trey and Keri to remember the troops, even if it had nothing to do with the song.

Yesterday's Leftovers For 5/27/10 & Sports Thread #3 For 5/26/10: They Are Starting To Worry Again In Boston

The pressure is going to be serious for the celtics on Friday night.

And as Doxmastic_Merc said to me on Twitter:

The highlights:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Tube For 5/26/10: G-LEE! DeWyze Wins American Idol Over Bowersox


The Fun Thread #2 For 5/26/10: An Epic Crossover

Too hilarious. For all you Nintendo video game fans, here is when Ryu Hayabusa crosses over into Mario.


Oh dear Ann Curry:
After taking the stage to launch into the school's 175th commencement address, she sought to drive home the inspirational content of her speech by ticking off the names of a few of the school's more illustrious alums. Among the entries on the Curry honor roll: "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl, evangelist Billy Graham, slasher-film director Wes Craven, and United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer. There was just one problem: Apart from Stahl, everyone on that list actually graduated from another Wheaton College, the Christian liberal-arts college in Wheaton, Illinois.
That is so embarrassing......and I have to hold my laughter on that one.

No one cares MySpace, no one cares.

Martin Scorsese eyes Al Pacino as the one to play Frank Sinatra .

Megan Fox's replacement for Transformers 3 (ugggh at that series continuing).

The cutest robots in the world .

And meet the 95 year old lady who finally was able to get her high school diploma a few days ago .
There was a bit more pomp and considerably more circumstance than usual at the Falkville High School graduation ceremonies Monday night. Marching alongside the fresh-faced Alabama seniors ready to make their way in the world was 95-year-old Earlene Harvey-Morris, whose own dreams of a diploma were snatched away from her 77 years ago
That one another version of Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun Thread.

Music Thread #2 For 5/26/10: Sign Of The Times, Glee Becomes No.1 CD In The Country

It's whatever:
The "Glee - The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers" soundtrack arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as expected, starting with 136,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The cast of "Glee" claimed its first No. 1 recently with "The Power of Madonna," when that seven-song EP arrived at the top with 98,000. "Showstoppers" is the third proper full-length soundtrack from the Fox TV show. The first two volumes were released in quick succession last November and December. This third edition includes highlights from the second half of "Glee's" debut season. A forthcoming six-track EP titled "Journey to Regionals" is due on June 8. (Don't peek at its tracklist if you don't want upcoming episodes to be spoiled.)

The Rolling Stones with their re-release of "Can't Be Tamed" hit #2 with a 76K, with the weeks' highest debut from the Black Keys ("Brothers") coming in at #3 with about 73K.

An album that has gotten poor buzz, and it showed in its sales, was Nas and Damien Marley's collaboration "Distant Relatives", as it only sold 57,000 in its debut week. Seriously, what was the single for that album?

The only other highlights this week on the charts came from Bieber outselling his mentor Usher again for another week.

Finally:
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 23) totaled 5.31 million units, down less than 1% compared to the sum last week (5.32 million) and down 19% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.57 million) -- when Eminem's "Relapse" bowed at No. 1 with 608,000. Year to date album sales stand at 120.4 million, down 10% compared to the same total at this point last year (134.4 million).
The Eminem album from last year at this time basically gave the RIAA an excuse this week to not be in total depressed mode (well, not them since they still get their eight figures at the end of the day). But they know that the spiral of awful sales continue to keep on keeping on.

The Break/Sports Thread #2 For 5/26/10: Pellegrini Gone From Madrid, In Comes Mourinho

Photo from Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
One of the worst kept secrets/inevitable events of 2010:
Real Madrid says it is to sign Jose Mourinho as its new coach once he negotiates an end to his contract with Inter Milan, and that it has sacked Manuel Pellegrini.

The deal was announced by club president Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu late Wednesday.

Neither Mourinho nor Pellegrini was present at a news conference at the Bernabeu when Perez made the announcement.
Now the Barca-Real El Classico Liga blood bath officially reaches even a higher level than ever before.

The Social Protocol For 5/26/10: Okay Wastebook, Let's See What Privacy You Got

So far:
Zuckerberg: Before we get into the changes we get into the changes we’re doing today. i want to go through how we got to where we are now. I think it’s really easy to lose track of the fact that the service we have today is different from what we had in 2004.

Over the last year, one of the big things we looked at was News Feed. In December added per-post privacy. Another thing is applications. We started with simple model for privacy around applications – it was “Allow” or cancel. We saw over time a lot of apps just used basic information about you. Most things didn’t use friends’ photos. We felt this model wasn’t granular enough.

With how these screen shots are looking......
....There appears to be some improvement, but the full proof still needs to be provided.

The ACLU of California is giving there thumbs up actually:
After months of privacy-failing moves, Facebook is finally friending privacy again. Facebook’s about-face on privacy comes as a result of mounting pressure from users and Washington, including ACLU petitions signed by more than 80,000 people demanding that Facebook live up to its principle of user control.

While it’s true that users have more control than they did yesterday, there are still important steps that must be taken. We hope that Facebook will learn from this recent round of privacy problems and going forward, will keeps its principles and not just its pocketbook in mind.

And so does the CDT:
“Facebook’s users have spoken and made it clear that they want control of their information. Despite all rumors to the contrary, privacy is not dead, it is on its way to a comeback in the form of simplified controls and better policies,” said CDT President Leslie Harris. “While more work still needs to be done, these changes are the building blocks for giving people what they want and deserve.”

Sports Thread #1 For 5/26/10: The FIFA World Cup News Thread #1- Bradley Announces Final 23 Man USA Roster


My Prediction: Marshall, Pearce, Findley, Klejstan, Bedoya, Ching, and Rodgers are dropped.

The announcement is about to be made in a few seconds.

Bornstein makes it despite a terrible night last night. Goodson makes the squad, and well deserved. He was a beast last night and has shown class.

Beasley makes it, that means trouble for Rodgers.

WOW, Bradley choses Findley over Eddie Johnson??????????? Oy, this man is such an idiot. Would have never thought Findley would be chosen over Johnson, considering how in form Johnson is in comparison to Findley, who has shown nothing to be worthy of going to South Africa.

Anyway, no big surprises anywhere else. Rodgers played well lat night, but was too inconsistent to be chosen over Beasley.

At the end of the day, Findley probably won't play unless they need a speed forward up top in the dying seconds of the game to hold onto a lead, and just work hard. But how he was chosen over Johnson (and everybody else) as the last man is beyond me.

Music Thread #1 For 5/26/10: The Quick News Runthrough

Since the charts sales haven't been placed up yet, a quick news thread is certainly warranted:
Wu-Tang and Rock the Bells......it's like an annual unified gathering for forever:
Legendary rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan will return as headliners of the touring Rock the Bells hip hop festival and perform its debut album, "Enter the 36 Chambers," in its entirety. The 4-date tour kicks off on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles and includes stops in New York City, Mountain View, Calif. and Columbia, Maryland.

Other rap luminaries set to perform classic albums from start to finish at Rock the Bells include Rakim doing "Paid in Full", KRS-One doing Boogie Down Production's "Criminal Minded" and Slick Rick revisiting "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick." Other artists on the bill are Street Sweeper Social Club (the collaboration between The Coup's Boots Riley and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello), Murs & 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa and Clipse, among others.

No the whole rumor about Lauryn Hill performing "This Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" there at Bells has certainly not been confirmed at all, but the event says they promise big surprises, so we shall see.

Most thank that Crystal will beat Lee tonight in the Simon Cowell Finale.

And Slip Knot held a press conference late last night to honor the life of their now departed bassist Paul Gray .

Isn't It Suppose To Be The Other Way Around?

Jim Webb Sure Isn't Making Himself Look Rational Here
Jim Webb has upset a lot of people by saying he would vote against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for reasons beyond me except him having a bad irrational streak of looking bigotty.

But in this bizarre world we live in, we have an even more truly bizarre moment. Ben Nelson of all people says that he will vote "Yes" to repeal the crazy, insane, and outrageously stupid policy in the military.
A big step forward for the push to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell: Senator Ben Nelson, who has been aggressively lobbied for months by gay rights groups, is announcing that he'll support the repeal compromise. From Nelson's statement:

"I don't believe that most Nebraskans want to continue a policy that not only encourages but requires people to be deceptive and to lie. The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy does just that. It also encourages suspicion and senior officers to look the other way. In a military which values honesty and integrity, this policy encourages deceit.

"The process being used to repeal this policy is fraught with typical Washington politics, with some suggesting Congress waits until after the November elections and others pushing for a vote before the elections.

"I will support the Lieberman compromise because it removes politics from the process. It bases implementation of the repeal on the Pentagon's review and a determination by our military leaders that repeal is consistent with military readiness and effectiveness, and that the Pentagon has prepared the necessary regulations to make the changes.

"I spoke to Secretary Gates and he advised that while he preferred waiting until the study is completed, he can live with this compromise."
Sargent has more details about the compromise that is worth reading over there, but just picture this: Ben Nelson is now to the left of a Democratic colleague on one issue as of now.

What does that say about how ridiculous a spot Jim Webb has placed himself in?
You Know What They Say About A Broken Clock

The Fun Thread #1 For 5/26/10: The Growing Sensation Of Greyson Chance

This kid is on the rise and thensome:

At first, I thought he was just doing a parody of Lady Gaga. But it turns out that this 13 year old is oh so serious.

And here he is on Ellen:

We have the new Justin Bieber folks.

The Gulf of BP Chronicles Thread #1 For 5/26/10: They Need To Be In Jail Now

Photo from the Associated Press
To put their workers in such danger, leading to their death, is already enough of a case for these monsters to be incarcerated now. But added intentional negligence on their part adds to the punishment they should have already received .
A shocking memo has revealed that British Petroleum admitted to congressional investigators that their decision to ignore warning signs hours before an oil rig exploded led to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tests indicted that something was wrong on the Deepwater Horizon, yet BP made a "fundamental mistake" in continuing operations, according to the memo released by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

Two hours afterwards, the rig exploded, ultimately killing 11 workers.

"The data suggests that the crew may have attempted mechanical interventions," the memo said. "But soon after, the flow out and pressure increased dramatically and the explosion took place."
I just can't stop harboring back to what Duncan Black said a few days ago on what the Obama Administration should be saying on this whole episode of Big Oil not giving a you know what:
More than that, someone needs to get on the teevee and point out that no, it is not ok for any actor - state, big corporation, or terrorist - to destroy the coastlines and economies of several states. You don't just get to say 'woopsy' and move on. Gigantic fuckups need to have consequences for the perpetrators, even though these days that seems like an amusing notion.
These people just don't give a damn because they know that despite all the public castigation they are currently enduring (and will endure so more), at the end of the tunnel they will return to their regular lives of doing whatever out of control insanity they usually do thanks to just getting a simple "slap on the wrist."

Something like this just cannot be tolerated AT ALL. The outright neglect to ignore doing the right thing (at the behest of the safety of their now perished workers) is a testament to how emboldened they are with their power, fully believing that they won't be held accountable for their idiotic and pestilent risks.

In a sane world, BP executives would be in hand cuffs right now, handed for a long, long period behind bars. But we are as far from a sane world as Rand Paul is to having a black friend.

But this latest disturbing news out of "The Gulf of BP Chronicles" led me back to one tweet yesterday from the invaluable lady that is Lizz Winstead, and how she perfectly captures the frustration of the times like she always does.
So real, that it almost inclined me to wish that they do get "Oil Boarded" down the line. But most likely, we shall be seeing is them gladly focusing on their profits again and whatever fuel deals they have with our military forces.

Only Our Dumb Media......

......Would continue to waste time and interview royal idiots. Only our dumb media.

Music Wakeup Call For 5/26/10: The Roots- How I Got Over (2009)

This song is just a latest "too real" treat from Black Thought and crew.


And someone in the video's comments had one of the realest comments about the state of the game:
its a shame real hip hop music like this has such little views while soulja boy has 69,404,404. it should be the other way around.
As of now, "How I Got Over" only has 284,457 views.

Yesterday's Leftovers For 5/26/10 & Sports Thread #2 For 5/25/10: Well, We Have A Series

And the series won't be ending in five games.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Fun Thread #1 For 5/25/10: Who Said They Only Knew About Their Websites

Such a class moment, if even she was made because he was telling her the truth about how bad Yahoo is now

So funny, as she tells Arrington to go "F---" off apparently.


(More to come in the Fun Thread later on folks.)

Sports Thread #1 For 5/25/10: Super XLVIII Will Be In New York

I wonder how Springstein will handle having a halftime performance in his state, his building, in wonderful -15 degree weather.

Hopefully by then climate change will may it 80 year round in New York .

The Gulf of BP Chronicles Thread #1 For 5/25/10: Obama To Return To The Gulf


It really needed to happen:
A White House source said today that President Barack Obama will travel to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast on Friday to to assess efforts to halt the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

No details on the visit were immediately available.

Sargent makes another terrific point:
But it seems to me there's another solution to this perception problem. Maybe Obama should take an additional path of decisive action that clearly is an option right now, which is to use the crisis to rally the public towards real energy reform.

Reasonably people can disagree as to whether there's more the White House could be doing to stem the current crisis. For the sake of argument, let's say the White House is right: There's nothing more in the way of decisive action Obama can take in response to the disaster.

If that's so, Obama may as well take another course of decisive action that is open to him: Seize this opportunity to shift the energy reform debate once and for all. If there's little more that can be done to address the current problem, as massive as it is, time to go big and tackle the even larger, underlying one.
Either that or say what Duncan Black said so appropriately, even though that won't be coming out from Obama's mouth ever.

Update: And it will happen on Friday:
On Friday morning, May 28, President Barack Obama will travel from Chicago to the Louisiana Gulf Coast to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Administration has mobilized one of the largest responses to a catastrophic event in history, with more than 1,200 vessels in the region and more than 22,000 people, including many of the brightest scientific minds from both the public and private sector, working around the clock to mitigate the oil's impact.

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