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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Music Thread For 9/30/10: The Runthrough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If He Losses The Post, He's Lost Everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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

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

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

9 Prehistoric species still roaming around.

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

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

Star Wars is going to be in 3D.

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

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

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

AP's Steinberg

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

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

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

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

LIVE: Tottenham-Twente

Live: Schalke-Benfica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your International news.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your music thread for the day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 27, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Al Grayson has clearly gotten under these nutcases' skin:

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Revlin really is a monster.

Well, what a surprise!

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

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

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

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Soulful for 9/26/10: John Legend Feat Common & Melanie Fiona- Wake Up Everybody (2010)

At first, it was kind of annoying to have this classic from Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes song be re-done. But couldn't think of any other choice for Sunday Soulful this week.

So, this week's selection is John Legend with Common and Melanie Fiona (with a little assist from Black Thought & Quest Love) with "Wake Up Everybody."

Sports Sunday #2 For 9/26/10: NFL Week 3 Late Games Review

Photo from NFLcom.com and AP
The Seahwaks, behind two kickoff return touchdowns from Leon Washington, held off the Chargers 27-20 to go 2-1 on the season.

No Anthony Gonzalez or Pierre Garson, no problem for Peyton Manning, as his big day with Austin Collie gave the Colts a satisfying 27-13 win over a Broncos side playing 5 days after Kenny McKinnley's shocking death.

Michael Vick continued his stellar comeback to prominence, throwing 3 TD's and running for one in the Eagles romp of the hapless Jaguars 28-3.

Sebastian Janikowski chip shot miss from 32 yards out gave the Cardinals the 24-23 win over a heartbroken Raiders' team.

Sam Bradford continues his impressive start to the season as the Rams scored their first win over a very disappointing Reds team 30-16.

And in SNF, the development of Mark Sanchez continues, as the Jets get a 2nd straight division win by beating the Dolphins 31-23.
Photo from NFL.com and AP

Sports Sunday #1 For 9/26/10: NFL Week 3 Early Game Reviews

Photo form NFL.com and the AP
The Falcons showed why most thought they would win the NFC South, as they defeated the defending champs Saints 27-24 in overtime.

The Cowboys got a much needed victory over their state rivals the Texans, as Roy Williams big day was a catalyst in their 27-13 win.

Speaking of needed victories, the Vikings got their first "W" of the season, as Adrian Peterson ran wild in their 24-10 scalp of the Lions.

The Steelers are without a doubt the most dominate 3-0 team in the league right now, as Charlie Batch was just as brilliant as their dominating defense in their 38-13 romp of the Bucs.

A much improved performance from Matt Cassel and a 49ers team still not over their Saints defeat lead to the Chiefs getting a surprising 3-0 start.

Tom Brady and Randy Moss had another big day, as the Pats defeated a game Bills team 38-30.

It wasn't at all pretty, but the Bengals have their record go up to 2-1 over a talent depleted Panthers team 20-7.

Vince Young had a bounce back week, as the Titans let the Giants self destruct to get a big 29-10 road win.

And despite letting Peyton Hillis have a big day, the Ravens bump up to 2-1 thanks to Joe Flacco having his own redemption performance, finding Anquan Boldin 8 times for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns in their 24-17 win over the Browns. Boldin became the fastest to reach 600 receptions in league history.

It was a batch of full goodness from Charlie Batch today
(Photo From NFL.com and the AP)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Saturday Miscellaneous Thread For 9/25/10

As always, start of the Saturday main thread with Luda:

A great romantic story, thanks to social media.

Ice cream is now being rationalized at Gitmo.

These people won't be having dance lessons anytime soon.

The food industry is a nightmare.

These car designs are quite amazing:

And to close, it's De La Soul:

Sports Saturday #2 For 9/25/10: SEC West Game Of The Year, Alabama vs Arkansas

Champions stay calm even in moments of deep adversity. That was exhibited today by the Alabama Crimson Tide, coming back from a 20-7 deficit to defeat dangerous Arkansas 24-20.

Despite Mark Ingram showing why he won his Heisman Trophy last year and Nick Saban's team fighting through the struggles to get a satisfying victory, the game was really lost today by the Razorbacks.

Star quarterback Ryan Mallet made two awful throws that he will think about for his entire career in the final quarterback. Forgettable interceptions that led to an Alabama touchdown to take the lead, and the one that effectively ended the game made this one a bitter pill to swallow for Bobby Petrino.

Sports Saturday #1 For 9/25/10: Another Wild Saturday In The Premier League

Photo from Premierleague.com
It's no question who Chelsea's boogeyman team is right now.

Manchester City has defeated the league leaders once again, becoming the first team to take any points away from the champions this year thanks to Carlos Tevez fine 59th minute effort to give City a big 1-0 win.

City's midfield was just "too powerful" for Chelsea as coach Carlo Ancelotti described, as both Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda had very quiet days in attack today.

But the even more eye popping result today in the league was without a doubt West Brom 3-2 shock win at Arsenal.

The rest of the results from Saturday highlight clearly how the parody in this league is growing bit by bit.

Steven Gerrard had to save Liverpool avoid defeat at home, ending their match against visiting Sunderland 2-2.

In the battle of "The Blacks", Blackburn scored a late winner to devastate Blackpool 2-1.

Probably the most boring match of the day featured Birmingham and Wigan, with both teams sharing the points in a 0-0 draw. But excitement was the case in the Fulham-Everton match, though that too ended scoreless.

And West Ham secured their first win of the season, beating 6 mile rivals Tottenham 1-0.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Cinema For 9/24/10: A Geicko, Some Owls, And A Mess

Despite a lot of high quality acting around, "Money Never Sleeps" can't come nowhere close to its classic 1987 original
Three notable premieres round out September's edition of "The Cinema." Oliver Stone's "Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps", "Legend of the Guardians", and "You Again."

It's fair to say that "Money Never Sleeps'" great cast still can't get the movie to reach the heights of its original, The "Owl Guardians" maybe a little difficult for the kids to embrace, and "You Again" will hopefully be a "Never Again."

For the sequel to the 1987 classic, Oliver Stone has Michael Douglass back to giving another world class performance. But with him not being the bad guy in this installment, coupled with a script that can't come close to matching the first movie's brilliance, "Money Never Sleeps" somehow just didn't get the quality that it deserved for some, like the Spill crew.

The NY Daily News Joe Neumaier however, thought the opposite, praising the film all around:
In "Money Never Sleeps," greed is a constant high, with everyone chasing the dragon.

Brolin, as a memorable villain, charges through his scenes as if hell-bent on destruction, while LaBeouf plays Jake as if he can smell success just around the corner. Mulligan, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella add excellent support, and even Charlie Sheen shows up as Bud Fox, the wanna-be who helped put his mentor, Gekko, behind bars.

But Douglas is the nexus. He won a Best Actor Oscar the first time around, and this time gives Gekko uncounted layers as he fakes, deals and fuels fires. Stone makes Gekko the speaker of hard truths, and Douglas makes that investment pay off - big-time.

The Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan feels that the movie never found a true identity :
As directed by a returning Oliver Stone and written by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff, "Wall Street" similarly can't decide if it's a revenge melodrama, an attack on aberrant Wall Street financial practices, an infomercial for hydrogen fusion or, that true Oliver Stone rarity, a touching romance. The film has more moving parts than a pricey Rolex, and they are not all in sync.

Turan's assessment of "Wall Street" probably could also be said about the anticipated 3-D Cartoon movie "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," as the movie certainly isn't the usual kids cartoon movie that you see of late.

"300" and "Watchmen" director Zach Snyder brings his action scene style to the animated world. But the so-so script is the lasting memory of this movie besides its gorgeous visuals. From The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Farber:
For young audiences in particular, there's another problem that most animated films are clever enough to avoid. Because all the characters are owls with rather similar looks, it takes a while to distinguish the large creature cast. "Lion King" included meerkats and hyenas as well as lions, and "Shrek" had a donkey and cat to accompany the ogre. It's risky to tamper with this formula. Kids need clearer visual signals to get a handle on all the characters.

The Owls may look great, but everything else about "Legend of the Guardians" just does not match up to how it looks
And from the Boston Globe's Tom Russo, the intense eye catching action scenes got in the way of the plot:
At the same time, the movie gets awfully wrapped up in signature Snyder battle shots, with razor-clawed combatants sailing toward each other in slo-mo, then smashing together at hyper-speed. A Guardian’s talons slash, and we cut to the image of an Orc-like Pure One’s helmet rotating through empty space. “Cool,’’ some kids will say; others may be freaked. The effect finally is to neglect, rather than nurture, a story with potential.

It won't come close to being a complete waste of your money if go see "Money Never Sleeps" or "Legend of the Guardians." However, your judgment will severely be questioned if you ponder to see "You Again", the choice for this week's "Total Dreck Award."

It's a shame that a quality cast like this had to succumb to such rubbish. And then you remember that it's another Disney family film, always coming through at creating ridiculous garbage like this.

I'll just let the Toronto Star's Greg Quill sum up it up:
The script, by Moe Jelline, piles on psychic sores and insufferable coincidences one after another, and in an effort to reach some kind of resolution — among the platitudinous verbiage that passes for dialogue, we get lots of nonsense advice about mistakes humans make and how to fix them. Director Andy Fickman (Race To Witch Mountain) drags his characters through a sideshow of desperate devices, including a tedious karaoke event, a dish-hurling cat fight, a hideously overdone dance instruction routine, a full-dress tussle in a pool, and two or three surprise cameo appearances. None of it’s funny.
And that's the Cinema for this Friday folks. Tuned in next week as the movie that Mark Zuckerberg dreads, "The Social Network", officially debuts for everyone to update their statuses too.

Until then, FIN.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Susie Madarak Wins The Day, Quite Possibly The Year

I'll just let the story tell itself:
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere's anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing Axelrod of "hippie punching."

"We're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day," the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media.
Madark sure did rip into Gibbs on this one. The remaining of Greg Sargent's latest great read is certainly one your peripheral has got to capture.

The Fun Thread For 9/23/10: Joaquin Phenoix Tells It All About His Peculiar Behavior

That was really fun to see after the interview from last year. Glad he wasn't spiraling into real depression.

Also, one of the funniest prank call artist in the game is comedian Uncle Tommy on the Steve Harvey show. Here is an example of his many brilliant performances:

The House Of Lords For 9/23/10: Close On The Disclose Act Again (Update: The House Passes The Small Business Bill)

For a second time this year, the DISCLOSE Act has failed to pass in the House of Lords.

59-39 was the final total, as a disclipine party line vote was the end result. Even Ben Nelson decided to not buck his party for another rare moment, deciding to stay with the Democrats on this bill.

Nevertheless, as always the case, no Republicans wanted to vote in favor of the bill, adhering to their corporate overloads at the sacrifice of the American people once more.

Not a surprise, but just another routine day in the most dysfunctional and anti-democratic chamber known to modern day human being.

Update: In more positive news, the House got out the Small Business bill, as that is now passed onto to President Obama for signature.

The 1st Thread For 9/23/10: The Early Deliveries

CNN's honorable trainwreck of an analyst Erick Erickson rips his party's new pledge, although it basically has the ideas he supports.

Sees like this morning the "greatest dysfunctional morning show ever" really started to show signs of Stewart and Colbert getting to them:


A lack of manufacturing is a threat to national security here in America.

And in your lighter delivery today, it appears Sesame Street has done a parody of......."True Blood."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

No, They Are Monsters

Wendell Potter, the former CIGNA employee turned moral whistleblower on our insane health insurance companies, was back on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night to discuss the latest deleterious trick of his former industry to retain their inhumane profits.

As reports indicate, those heartless robots at the top of our dysfunctional embarrassment for health providing in this country are looking at a way to stop offering child only plans as immediate parts of "Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act" come into effect on Thursday.

Potter has been a wonderful blessing in the emotion driven fight for a true health system for the people over the last year and a half. But his restraint in not labeling his former colleagues in the field "monsters" and just saying their continued actions to deny children coverage is just "part of the system" exonerates them from their crimes.

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These people who want to find loopholes to further harm the nation's young just for more dollars are "monsters."

They are fully cognizant of what they are doing, even if they are well removed from having any empathy like a regular human being would have.

To label them as just "hard working businessmen and women" who are just trying to do their job and adhere to their system just doesn't tell the full narrative to the public like it needs to be told.

For if the roles were reversed and their children couldn't be provided needed child only plans, then how would the likes of lobbyists Karen Ignagni and her AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach feel about the system then?

But the alternate reality isn't the reality we live in. A reality were we somehow aren't inclined to call "monsters" for what they exactly are.

The Album Saves Review/Music Thread #1 For 9/22/10: Good Debuts For Linkin Park And Trey Songz

These are some pretty decent debut numbers on the charts, especially for Trey.
Linkin Park notches its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "A Thousand Suns" album debuts atop the list with 241,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as the latter's fourth album, "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," arrives at No. 2 with 240,000 copies.

For Linkin Park, its "A Thousand Suns" opener is off from the 623,000 that greeted its last studio album, 2007's "Minutes to Midnight," when it debuted at No. 1. However, "Passion" represents Songz's best sales week yet and his highest-charting album. His previous high-water marks came when last year's "Ready" started at No. 3 with 131,000.
Considering how a lot of B-list urban albums have struggled to crack over 200K this year, these are truly terrific numbers for Trey, ensuring he won't have to fight for a gold plat on this album like he did last year.

It's funny considering this album was kind of rushed in comparison to "Ready", but good for him indeed.

And get where last week's #1 artist ended up:
Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, Sara Bareilles' "Kaleidoscope Heart," slides to No. 12 in its second week with 28,000 (down 69%). It's the second No. 1-debuting set to tumble out of the top 10 in its sophomore week this year, following B.o.B's "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," which fell from No. 1 to No. 12.
Talk about a dropoff.

Eminem continues to be a monster, staying in the Top 3 with 89,000 sold this week for "Recovery". Country singer Jamey Johnson is 4th with "The Guitar Song", followed by rock guy Robert Plant at #5.

Weezer took the 6th spot, while the 7-9 spots respectively are taken by "Now 35", Brandon Flowers "Flamingo", and the struggling Katy Perry in 9.

And Bieber kid rounds out the top 10 with "My World 2.0."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Fun Thread For 9/21/10: How To Trust Your Fat Into An Appealing Shape

From the award winning Today Now from The Onion with another classic:

Today Now!: How To Thrust Your Fat Into A More Appealing Shape

Sports Thread #1 For 9/21/10: In A Shocker, Reid Names Vick His Starter Over Kolb

What a way to give confidence to Kevin Kolb by placing him on the bench until otherwise.
This is a stunner from Reid, who was hell bent after their win on Sunday to pronounce Kolb as still his starter.

For Eagles fans, most on the Vick momentum will be happy by this move. But you have to ask yourself how fragile Reid's confidence is in his own plan to do a complete 180 reversal here. It is indeed a major shock to hear.

The Capital For 9/21/10: Summers To Leave The Administration

Photo form Reuters' Chris Usher
Probably the only satisfying political news of the day:
White House economic adviser Larry Summers is stepping down from his job at the end of the year, the administration said on Tuesday.

The White House said Summers planned to return to his position as professor at Harvard University.
I wonder if Liz Warren really pushed him out for good. He should have never been there in the first place of course, but such is the case with our dysfunctional government.

Despite being wrong about virtually everything, his wonderful arrogant self will land somewhere nice and comfy.

The Atlas For 9/21/10: Another Day, Another Painful US Drone Strike In Afghanistan

Photo from EPA
Another day, another insane drone strike in Pakistan by the US:
Three strikes by US drones have killed at least 28 people in the tribal region in South Waziristan.

Reporting for Al Jazeera from Islamabad, Kamal Hyder said that the first attack took place near Angor Adda along the Pakistan Afghan border.

"We have reports that at least seven people, who were killed in that strike, were moved to another location in the Azam Warsak region, where a funeral was arranged and that funeral also came under attack," said Hyder.

It's UN "Peace Day" apparently.

But this Peace Day won't make Israel sign onto the Non-Proliferation Treaty that Arab states want them to do at the International Atomic Energy Agency Annual Agency Conference in Vienna.

Not thinking about peace however are extremist groups, who have seen their website traffic receive a sharp growth.

Over the last two years, Cuba has been trying to grow its own food after rallying so much on other countries for imported sustenance.

For the 4th time in not even the last two years, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has fired his top military leaders.

From a few days ago, a recovering Michael Ware talks about his former network, CNN, refused to air video of US soldiers shooting an innocent boy in the head in Iraq.

The turmoil filled week in Somalia grows as Prime Minister Sharmarke resigned today, as well as a report linking the country as the worst place to go to school in the world.

And for the National holiday, only one country today has September 21 marked on their calendar for celebration of officially becoming a country. And that is young Malta, celebrating its 46th birthday.

The House of Lords For 9/21/10: A Defense Bill Is About To Go Down Thanks To Bigots

The House of Lords is about to provide a truly rare time of not even providing cloture to a Defense Authorization Act thanks to gay-hating bigot Republican Senators and even the obstinate Jim Webb, also contributing to his abomination of gays.

But besides "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" under full jeopardy here, also under jeopardy is the rational DREAM Act, which would give children brought to this country at an early age and have lived here where they are fully "Amercianized" citizenship. Republicans of course have tied that to granting amnesty, leading to more insensitive comments from them.

The vote tally to move on the defense Act to come folks, stay tuned.

The Vote:
Webb votes to move it, but the Republicans will stand in opposite here.

Out of nowhere, Blanche Lincoln says "No", and Harry Reid has to say "No" now in order for the vote to come back down the line.

Music Thread For 9/21/10: Bruno Mars Arrested, While Kid Cudi & Wale Won't Be Collaborating With Each Other Anytime Soon

Photo from Las Vegas police department
Bruno Mars caught with coke is surely a way to blunt his momentum that he has built for his album release.

But at least he smiled in his mug shot.

Wale certainly does not like Kid Cudi for certain reasons.

The rock group Pavement had a big show here in Brooklyn this past Sunday .

New songs:
1. Pharrell, Gucci Mane, and Nicki Minaj with "Haterade", a song with a title that should have been done by someone a long time ago.

2. The intro song off of Lil Wayne's new upcoming album "I'm Not A Human Being" with Drake called "Gonorrhea".

The runthrough.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Sleep Time Thread For 9/20/10: Major Love To Kenny McKinley's Family

The Broncos, already a few years removed from Darrent Williams' tragedy, have another piece of disheartening news to take in today as Kenny McKinnley, their 2nd year receiver on IR, committed suicide today.

Obviously devastating news to bear, especially for Steve Spurrier, coach of course at South Carolina who watched McKinnley become the all time receiver in South Carolina history.

Blessings to his family indeed. To Tevin, take care folks:

The Fun Thread For 9/20/10: Move Over Michael Phelps

We have a new undisputed top swimmer on the planet right now:
Philippe Croizon, 42, set off from Folkestone, Kent, at around 6am expecting to reach France within 24 hours but managed to complete the feat in just 13-and-a-half hours.

He was forced to have his arms and legs amputated after he suffered an electric shock while removing a television aerial from a roof 16 years ago.

He only taught himself to swim in the last two years and does so using prosthetic legs and a snorkel and mask.

Earlier his spokeswoman said he was swimming faster than expected after completing his first 12 miles in just eight hours.
Two years with prosthetics and now he's accomplished that. A bow to him for sure.

Sports Thread #1 For 9/20/10 (Final Edition): Massive Series Openers In Both Baseball East Divisions Tonight

Two weeks remain in the long winding road of ups and downs that is the Major League Baseball season, with two marquee series tonight.

Both the American and National Leagues have their East divisions come down to the wire races and featured them starting their important series tonight. After a thrilling series last week, the Rays and the Yankees will duel in the Stadium tonight, while the Braves and the Phillies battle in their final three meetings this year (unless both make the postseason) at Citizens Bank in Philly.

For the two time defending NL champs, they will send the resurgent Cole Hamels to the mound, as he oppose rookie Brandon Beachy, who replaces the injured Jair Jurrjens. You would favor the Phillies to pan their NL East lead to four games tonight in this matchup, but the Braves are coming off a confidence boost sweep over a Mets team that has packed it in for the rest of 2010.

Meanwhile, Matt Garza will look for better success against the reigning World Champions, as he will oppose rookie Ivan Nova. A victory would see the Rays take back the lead in the division. With a 4 game set, the Boston Red Sox will hope that damage is down to one of these teams in order for them to pull off an unlikely miracle run to the postseason.

Key games tonight folks, as the climax of the MLB season continues to develop.

The Rest
The helmet of Brandon Jacobs sure did a lot of traveling last night(Photo from AP's Darron Cummings)
Brandon Jacobs has gradually worn out people tolerating his petulant attitude. After bouncing around collegiately, Jacobs did a great job coming into this league as a 4th Round pick determined to play up to his 1st Round talent and be an intimidating, unique force in this league.

You certainly can't find a 6'6, 260 pound back who has at least 4.5 speed everyday now, but Jacobs has been running smaller than Darren Sproles at times the last two years. And now with him tossing his helmet into the stands, he really needs to shape up immediately.

Barcelona fans breathed a major sigh of relief with the news of Lionel Messi only being out one week after receiving that sharp challenge from Tomas Ujfalusi in the defending La Liga BBVA champions 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid yesterday.

The Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes have started, with now the Nets the favorite over the Knicks ?

What a terrific win by Novak Djokovic over Tomas Berdych to set Janko Tisparevic up to rout Radek Stepanek and have Serbia in the Davis Cup Final against France.
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If You're A Pacifist, You Are A Terrorist

(You are currently looking at the faces of terrorism.)
In this opposite world we continue to morph into, this report from the Washington Post certainly represents the absurd times we live in.

In the agency that spawned J. Edgar Hoover has considered peace loving people, animal rights activists, and those dangerous Taliban like tree huggers a moral threat to our society.
The FBI improperly opened and extended investigations of some U.S. activist groups and put members of an environmental advocacy organization on a terrorist watch list, even though they were planning nonviolent civil disobedience, the Justice Department said Monday.
Just a simple return to the 1960 tactics of Mr. Hoover of spying on harmless, society loving groups will do to quiet these annoying pacifists from our important illegal waring.

It truly is remarkable how 9/11 has been used for powerful destructive forces to embellish their power on the weak. What makes it even more appalling to witness is how their heinous abuses will always never get the punishment they deserve:
FBI deputy director Timothy P. Murphy, in a response included with the report, said the FBI was "pleased" that Fine "concludes the FBI did not target any groups for investigation on the basis of their First Amendment activities." He said the FBI inquiries were based on information about potential criminal activities.

Murphy's boss, FBI director Robert S. Mueller III, is cited in the report for unintentionally providing inaccurate congressional testimony about one of the investigations. Relying on information from other FBI officials, Mueller testified in 2006 that the FBI had information that "certain persons of interest" in international terrorism probes were expected to be present at a 2002 antiwar event sponsored by the Merton Center, Fine's office said.
Now anything is possible, for life is never ever always routine. But common sense (if the FBL was truly honest in its assessment that am international terrorist would come to an obscure anti-war rally) should have clearly weigh here.

Even worse though is the fact that these groups, already proven to be the exact opposite of who the FBI should probe, were kept on the FBI files! I can imagine that pat on the back Cheney and Rumsfield gave Mueller every single day (and most likely still do to this day).

Then again, I guess the threat that loving dirty hippies bring to the table was just as crucial to observe as Al Qaeda is.

Pennsylvania's blowhard Governor Ed Rendell sure does thank the same way too. Maybe he should start working for the FBI after his time in office is over.

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