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Sunday, September 30, 2012

TWD Sports Sunday Thread #2 for 9/30/12: 2012 NFL Week 4 Late Game Closing Thoughts

From NFL.com 

1) The Raiders should be 0-4 and a fortunate to even be 1-3. This has been another woeful day defensively and especially in the secondary for them. 

2) AJ Green elevated Andy Dalton to "Poor Matt Ryan" status. The rivalry between him and Julio Jones being better continues. 

3) Perfect trap game for the Cardinals to lose, but the Dolphins are still not that good enough to win. 

4) Without Orakpo and Carragher, DC's defensive has done a great thing today. But where is the running game for the Bucs. Schiano has spent more time on his "defend the kneel down" than establishing the run. 

5) The Saints would still be 0-3 even with Sean Payton. He's never called plays for the defense, especially their woeful secondary.  

TWD Sports Sunday Thread #1: 2012 NFL Week 4 Early Game Half Time Thoughts

1) There is no help once again for Matthew Stafford on the ground for the Lions. No balance whatsoever, and the game is on his shoulders as always. Though the Vikings have no true, tall wide receiver to throw to (Harvin is more of a specialist), it helps to have Adrian Peterson help Christian Ponder be a good game manager.

2) Decent to good quarterback play between Cam Newton and Matt Ryan, as Newton has had the better numbers, but Ryan has a better collection of receivers. Both coaching staffs aren't the greatest however, so the Panthers are still clearly in this.

3) The Patriots for another week get exposed for being cheap, leading to a mediocre secondary with no one at safety and CB who is really near elite status. Belichick puts everything on the Front 7's shoulders, which though good, is not great.

4) The coaching staff of the Rams clearly changed the game with the fake FG to Amendiola for the score. Jeff Fisher is, again, outstanding.

5) One again, awful everywhere from the Chiefs. Matt Cassell, brutal. It starts with him.

6) The Texans are handling the business the right way, as an elite team should against a determined underdog in the Titans, who have performed well.

7) It's already bad enough for the Jets' offense that they are without the services of Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller. It's get worse if they are without the services of Santonio Holmes and Dedrick Epps at tight end. 

TWD Sunday Soulful For 9/30/12: Donnie McClurkin- Psalm 27 (2002)

Just to explain if you are a new fan of The Whole Delivery, the Sunday Soulful is a spiritual Christian series with songs about the love, not the hate every Sunday morning in the American morning time zones.

It also will feature in the future multiple religious news all throughout in order to form an embracing and wonderful spiritual thread.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

TWD Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 9/29/12 (Constant Updates): 2012-13 Barclays Premier League Week 6

Original post: Halftime in the 12:30 kickoff- Torres scored on another Arsenal set piece poor moment and Gervinho cancelled him out with a fine goal. 1-1 at half. (More updates to come in Week 6 of the BPL).

TWD Saturday 1st Thread For 9/29/12 (First Version): The Great Usual Suspects

Here is Luda......

.....And De La Soul: 
More to come on another glorious Saturday, the last one in September 2012.

Friday, September 28, 2012

TWD The Friday Flashback #2 For 9/28/12: Nelly ft Kelly Rowland- Dilemma (2002)

Funny how Kelly is bigger than Nelly now, although that shows more about how much Nelly fell off though.

Your 2nd Flashback for this week, it's Nelly and Kelly with their 2002 timeless love hit, "Dilemma."

The S-Thread #1 For 9/28/12: When Supposed Liberal Source Embarrass Themselves Talking Sports

This was another trainwreck of a sports segment from the Los Angeles version of Huffington Post Live, who have a lot of smart people on there.

Alyona is always world class from her RT-days of dominance, Janet is Korra (enough said there), and Jacob knows the entertainment industry so well and has a conscious.

But they are all not qualified to hosts sports, as is nether any host in New York outside of maybe Marc. There are no hosts who are an expert on sports at HPL. That's frankly pathetic in my mind for the high level online organization to become a major mainstream success globally as Huffington Post has.

And it's even worse when their LA producers Jenny Churchill and Luke Wahl try and do segments, and then have the nerve and hilarious audacity to question my journalism in the sport in the comments when I challenge them.  They delete the comments (or whoever in the back), especially when I am trying to give them more knowledge on college football, something they screwed up there too up above.

It was about as bad as Kim Kardashian or Curtis "50 cent" Jackson talking about abstinence. In fact, it was worse.

Wahl had the nerve to play "centrist journalist" instead of having knowledge of the issue, like us in sports do who cover the issue. It was hilarious and sad. And that was before this cluster (you know what) of a segment that was a complete fail all over. NONE of the guests were experts in even their own team. Awful.

I already expressed that unless I'm in a sports segment or they hire someone who is a host well versed in sports that Huff Post Live Los Angeles will continue to embarrass itself like this.

And I will continue to sit back, watch, laugh, and sigh, as the train wreck continues. 

TWD 1st Thread/The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/28/12: Many Artists led Busta Rhymes- Touch It Remix (2007)

There hasn't been a collabo as epic as this in all of music since it dropped five years ago.

Busta Rhymes - Touch It (Remix) by eudesdu_91

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The 1st Thread For 9/27/12: How The Ordinary Can Beat The Powerful

The NFL referees union are today's American heroes.

Now you ask, how can sports referees who are now guaranteed six figure salaries, full pensions, and full time employment be heroes to the rest of a nation, especially those who don't give a damn about sports and think they are useless to society?

The simple answer is, because they are Americans just like you and me who are Americans, and human beings just like you and me globally who are fighting against the super wealthy, the super powerful, the super arrogant and the selfish collective "elite."

But unlike you and me, some diligent and intrepid teacher's unions, financial public/government regulators, cops and firefighters to name a few, the real professional football referees not only just beat the powerful, but they humiliated the powerful.

Unlike the NFL players last year, who most are not making Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Michael Vick, Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers money and need a paycheck to feed and provide healthcare for their families and themselves or else, the NFL refs have other jobs, like being knowledgeable and respected lawyers as their other profession in order to stay afloat on the mortgage.

The NFL refs did not feel the pressure of rushing back to their football lives because of that pivotal element, making them financially and spiritually able to fight the Jerry Jones and Woody Johnsons of the world who love George W. Bush and Mitt Romney like long time friends.

As our American broadcast and cable news centrist media focus on how "both sides felt pressure" to lock down the deal, only one side felt the pressure to be grown ups: the billionaire owners.

Because they refused to just give a diminutive million dollars (to them anyway) to these refs in secure pensions because of their hate of unions and the overall well informed & versatile working man, their arrogance got larger and larger helped by their puppet Roger Goodell, who makes $20 million a year reportedly.

No matter how much disorderly behavior was let go and wrong official calls of penalties on the microphone by the replacement scab referees were made, the NFL owners and Goodell were so petty and deep in their arrogance that they thought somehow, someway, the fans would bail them out, stay quiet with the players and coaches they threatened to remain quiet, and survive with these unqualified new refs under their anti-union, anti-full job rules.

"Have a good performance with their selected, experienced replacement refs on the Season Opener with the Cowboys and Giants, have America believe the real officials aren't needed and that anyone could do this job right off their couch, have willing personalities like Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless not do their homework on union issues and just spit our their strong but sometimes horribly misguided views, and all will be well, the billionaire owners' will win again like always."

And then, the NFL owners' Waterloo broke this past Monday Night, in the primetime traditional spot of all primetime traditional spots. The whole world, on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, saw it all. The NFL owners and Goodell through their stupidity and arrogance somehow managed to have Chicago Bears fans like Markos become fans of the Green Bay Packers for one night.

Steve Young wanted to cry in the postgame coverage about the league losing its integrity, Trent Difter called the league hypocritical. Golden Tate's ridiculous amnesia in the post game interview was so forgotten because of being allowed to get away with his actions because of ridiculous referees. Just how funny it can be when you do ridiculous things thanks to your ridiculous arrogance.

The lack of any sagacity by the NFL owners and Roger Goodell may or may not be the warning salvo to the likes of Scott Walker, John Kasich, Nikki Haley, Bob McDonald, the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, Murdoch, and all the arrogant wealthy powerful conservatives in this nation who hate knowledgeable working people. But it has all put them on full notice with those independents and people who are apathetic to politics and let their corrupt and selfish behavior get away.    

It truly is amazing how it could be sports that turns around the negative and hateful narrative on American's unions, the heart and soul of America's heart and soul which is the middle class.

Without a functioning, strong, stable, and anti-corrupt unions, America will fall into a sea analogous as Spain & Greece's horrible situation (the structure of the dollar ever becoming as unstable as the noble but failed structure of the Euro aside). Modern day anti-3rd world societies, where most of its citizens are living in the 2nd world while the elite run the first world is prevalent in the modern nations, is utterly egregious and unacceptable for a society to function at its best.

The population simply needs the proletariat to function at its best or it fails. There is no grey area there.

And the NFL could not properly function at its best (at least in terms of level of play) without unionized protected referees.

The same can be said of unionized, protected teachers against the powerful charter school loving industry of Michelle Rhee, Adrian Fenty, Cory Brooker, and yes, even Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama (although there are centrism Dems vs outright Republicans liars there on how best to punish or treat inadequately teacher's unions).

The same can be said of America's middle class people who need a public option and an affordable public system for 21 to 65-yr-olds vs the powerful Wellpoints, BlueCrossBlueShield, Aetna, and rest of Joe Lieberman private insurance system that President Obama thought was a good idea because of not caring to raise taxes on the wealthy higher than even Clinton levels. The same can be said again of all American citizens, especially in the middle to lower class who need glorious Social Security saved or their powerful wealthy will take it away from them, thank you sellout centrist Dems like Kent Conrad, Mary Landrieu, and Blanche Lincoln to name just a few.

Maybe sports is still irrelevant to you out there, and it's quite understandable. But sports is also life, and hopefully life isn't irrelevant to you. And sports teaches us the best of any entertainment genre in the entertainment industry what's adversity, what's glory, what is the indisputable best, and what is actual reality instead of fake fantasies.  Hollywood movies on true sports events at least can't screw up the actual details of the game's most defining events.

And the real professional, high middle class referees against the most powerful people in the most powerful sports league in the world (even more so than the Barclays Premier League and the NBA despite their global appeal compared to the NFL's domestic appeal) showed how the battle between collective public and powerful private affects us all, no matter the color, the gender, the height, the size, the personality, the status, and the person.

And they showed us, the ordinary in the middle, that it is possible to win against the powerful. 

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 9/26-27/12: The Homecoming of a Korean Rising Legend

Psy is a legend already. Here's Tevin, may your day, your night, and your sleep, go so well:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Fun Thread For 9/26/12: SIgh, conservatives

First, regardless on if we have disagreement on any economic issues, Abby Huntsman is the conservative you want your news network to have if you want conservatives on there. She cares for people and she has a hilarious, genuine streak in her who did so well at UPenn for even dealing in Quacker land.

So, the link is there, or here. No embed yet. Most conservatives may blow their mind all over the place even before the first debate.

Update: And here's the embed:

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 9/26/12 (Revised): Miri Ben Ari, Anthony Hamilton, Scarface- Sunshine to the Rain (2005)

I was going to make the 2nd video down below the main focus, but something told me to play Miri Ben Ari's classic with Scarface and Anthony Hamilton: 

Club songs of the current times, although it's nothing new they're bringing of course. Just a needed Philly face and Toronto's homie needed to try and get a tougher image after that debacle in June (that Meek Mill helped caused).

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 9/25-26/12: Just Tevin

Until we meet again. God Bless you all.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Music Video Energy Boost For 9/25/12: Lupe Fiasco- Hip Hop Saved My Life (2008)

Have to bring it back from Friday. On his appreciation day.

The Huff Post Live Review/Preview Show For 9/25/12: Understanding Che Guevara

Yesterday featured a remarkable segment from Che Guevara, with great stuff from the man behind the global Che shirt boom, wonderful Irish man Jim Fitzpatrick, and this new guy to watch in Brenton Lengel.

In the preview for today, the Clusterf---k in Seattle last night, where it has ad such an impact that HPL will lead off with it. And more as always. 

The 2nd Thread/Fun Thread For 9/25/12 (1st Version): Vermin Supreme for President!

This was so funny yesterday:

More in the 2nd Thread later folks. It will be a fun one for sure. 

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 9/25/12: Lupe Fiasco- He Just Might Be Okay (2006)

The first official song off Food & Liquor I (and 2nd track) has always been the best morning show.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The 1st Thread/Huff Post Live Preview Thread For 9/24/12: Stuff

Topics on today's edition of HPL include War, School, religion, and religion with relationships.

Key newsy topics will include the continue "Mitt the S--t" campaign debacle and other weirdness abound.

Really, this is a flimsy thread, but it is all bout getting the ball rolling. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

TWD Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 9/23/12 (1st Version): The Barclays Premier League Week 4

Great show of solidarity by Brendan Rogers and Sir Alex Ferguson for the otherwise always bitter clash of the Reds. Liverpool are in the bottom three at the moment, and will badly desire a win over United after Arsenal was more clinical against them a few weeks ago.

The lineups

This thread will see a constant update all day. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

TWD Friday Thread For 9/21/12 (1st Thread): Bring Montell In....

Montell goodness again....

Montell Jordan "This is How we do it" from WILLIE GILES on Vimeo.

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 9/21/12: Lupe Fiasco- Hip Hop Saved My Life (2008)

"They played your freestyle over Wipe Me Down"

TWD Friday 2nd Thread For 9/21/12: Huff Post Live Review Show

Let's get right to it. Outside of a few segments from Alyona, and Levar Burton (major shoutout to Josh Brooks), all the news again dominated by the NYC side with Major East Coast bias from me.

But I'll let you select them this time.......or something

TWD Friday 1st Thread/The Flashback Friday #1 For 9/21/12: Will Smith- Gettin Jiggy Wit It (1998)

What's so amazing about this single is the fact that it was only certified gold.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Music Video Wakeup Call For 9/20/12: Elle Varner- I Don't Care (2012)

All I could think of is Alicia Keys light here with Elle. Nevertheless.

The 1st Thread/The General Election is Over Thread For 9/20/12: The Pain Caused by False Equivalence

False equivalency really is an ugly thing. It's so ugly, it makes pitbulls look like York Terriers and Jamba the Hut look like Princes Leia.

False equivalence is especially ugly in American politics as the liberal/progressive/rational community knows, with one side clearly creating ridiculous false equivalence comparisons into supposedly grown up discussions.

It doesn't matter, whether you're Reince Priebus or some arrogant nut community person on Huff Post Live, any conservative is so keen to bring up an asinine event and automatically think it's analogous to their flawed candidate's awful moments. (For example of this, see this conservative guy here in this segment if you get a chance after this post).

The latest of that example is the desperation to equally compare Mitt's 47 percent cluster (you know what) to anything Obama has said. What's more ridiculous about it of course is the centrist American news media always legitimizing their argument in order to have balance and keep ratings in tact for the election.  

Conservatives and their false equivalences are more desperate than Twilight movie PR staff and Kristin Stewart hoping she gets back together with Robert Pattinson. It really is embarrassing, and it intentionally insults the intelligence of the American public once again.

Now for those casual viewers of politics who aren't apart of the loyal, rational, and somehow mentally stable people in liberal/progressives circles who can somehow endure 18 hour discussions on politics for a major part of every year, let's just break down this latest pathetic desperation to paint Obama as equally incompetent as Smirking Mitt's consistent humiliation.

Somehow, they thought getting a video of Obama from 1998, talking about redistribution, was going to embarrass him. They should have went back four years ago with Joe the Plumber and save themselves from all the other times Obama has said "redistribution" over the years.

Obama has probably said "redistribution" more times than Brett Favre has thrown touchdowns or Madonna has said the words "Blowjobs" and "F--k" in the 90's.

So that captures the inanity and insanity of conservative once again, and their desire to see an equal argument for any Republican screwup is really about as tacky as Woody Allen is creepy.

Even worse of course is our centrist media continuing to legitimize it, willingly or unwillingly, without ridiculing it as well. And there seems no immediate sign that the likes of Chris Jensing, or the usually terrific on anything but politics Carol Costello, or any other centrist media anchor on broadcast or cable will stop giving a reputable platform for the false equivalence.

The likes of Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, David Brooks, the likes of Olympia Snowe, Kelly Ayotte, Judd Gregg, and all other smart lying or half-truth Republicans will keep on smiling in glee with how they got another fast one by the American people.

The false equivalence will continue to persist and take attention away from legitimately awful moments and mistakes from a flawed conservative ideology domestically and globally unless a cure is given for that here in America.

But I guess the end of the false equivalence is less likely than a moment where Donald Trump is humble and quiet.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 9/20/12: HPL Highlight Show, Take 3

Many highlights from yesterday, but the top one for just my perspective was 50 Cent's interview with Marc.

Though I wished (and requested publicly) that Marc asked him about why 50 Cent's friend Floyd Mayweather is scared of Manny Pacquiao, Marc did at least asked him good questions for one word answers on a few people, namely Jay-Z and Frank Ocean.

Curtis Jackson described Jay-Z as a "winner" and Frank Ocean as "brave." Now the entire rest of the discussion centered on hunger, but those were clearly the highlight moments from a musical journalist standpoint.

Other Highlights

Mo Rocca talks about voting with Jacob, especially getting rid of the electoral college. Let's not even go there on his thoughts on Republicans lovely Voter ID plans to cheat and win to hurt democracy.

Forgot who was the host for this discussion, but yeah, there are some scary, hell like dental places in America.

The Los Angeles' group talks about AEG going on sale and AEG's attempts in LA's pathetic and tiresome attempts to get an NFL team again (i.e, steal a team away from either Minnesota or San Diego).

Alyona on California public schools slowly dying. Because they really are, thanks to tax cuts and powerful private sources.

And the Yunel Escobar discussion here. Bud Selig needs to set a precedent so there will be no confusion down the line if any player intentionally or unintentionally says or publicly expresses homophobic slurs.

That's the HPL review show for today. HPL, 10 AM to 10 PM Eastern Time Zone except on Saturday and Sundays, check your local time zone for those 12 hours.

(And no, Cadillac is not cutting me any secret checks on this. So please, don't dare ask that question unless it was actually true).

To Tevin, Good day or Good night all:

Sidenote: Also major prayers for 50 Cent's aunt, who was ill again. He express that publicly, and I hope his aunt and your aunts to get better if they are ill.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Music Video Energy Boost #2 For 9/19/12: Mindless Behavior- My Girl (2010)

Always a two-year classic, especially the third verse:

The Deft Volleys Thread/The S-Thread #1 For 9/19/12: 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage Matchday 2

Bayern Munich-Valencia is worthy of top game mantle, because I think Chelsea will win comfortably tonight.

As always though, will be a great evening.

Updated Stuff From Match Day 2

Music Video Wakeup Call For 9/19/12: Lupe Fiasco- B--ch Bad (2012)

Once again, the song from Lupe that should get so much more play: Food and Liquor Part 2, coming next Tuesday, September 25.

The 1st Thread/The Campaign is Over Thread For 9/19/12 (Final Version): Poetic Justice

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It really was terrific to see Jimmy Carter's grandson, James the 4, get something sweet for his grandfather.

Now whatever one thinks of Carter's foreign policy record, which was slightly to the left of Obama but kept a centrist Democratic position of overall United States imperialism in tact, is completely different from the constant disrespect he receives from conservatives and a lot of other people in general.

Jimmy Carter's name gets dragged in the mud so bad, you would think he was a dog or pig rolling in dirt every single day instead of a President, who in his political afterlife has at least tried to support voices of the downtrodden and been so respectful.

Jimmy Carter can't even get a picture with Bill Clinton or Barack Obama nowadays because he just isn't considered cool and politically stable enough to be in a picture? That last sentence truly shows the vapidness of our American country, although there are many other examples.

Now why is Carter treated like such a "loser" when Reagan's half-truths and blatant phoniness was championed? We all know the answer now, and Carter and many Democrats knew it then to in 1980 (his problems with Ted Kennedy aside).

Carter has barely gotten on television after his days of president, especially as the 90's rolled on. I can't think of any modern president that has suffered the disrespect that Carter has received from mainstream/traditional news sources.

That lack of revere for Carter has been facilitated of course by the right's asinine demeanor towards him, with Mitt Romney the latest stool pigeon for ridiculous and cliche' Carter jokes.

But Carter's grandson made sure that Romney and all Republicans would be the total jokes in the end. Amazing how the karma game can work when it reveals itself publicly.

Amazing how karma can give the underdog the last laugh at the end.

Updated Link

Fixed Propaganda of course had to have a role in the attack against Chicago's public teachers.

In another Public vs Powerful Private School battle, the great Diane Ravitch on the mess in Nashville with their charter schools.

Taylor Mash with a link of Obama on Letterman yesterday. More on this if time allows.

From TP: 10 issues ignored in the Presidential election.

Cole Hann, Ummmmm?

And for two relationship links, one friend of my explains the nerd douche who had the nerve to try and get back with her.

In the 2nd relationship link, another male who was a douche leads to this female never failing in love on Twitter again.

To close, Sesame Street on Good Morning America, which has eclipsed the Today Show as the best broadcast morning news show. 

And that's The 1st Thread for September 19, 2012 at The Whole Delivery.  

The Rise "n" Shine Thread For 9/19/12: Huff Post Live Review Hightlight/Lowlight Show, Take 2

In a general discussion about Hispanic Americans and Romney's pathetic way of courting them, Alicia calls "Bulls---" on this supposedly young and demure Texas supporting Republican named Mike Dominguez.

Also in the highlight show is this great discussion with Alyona as the protagonist, with great contributions from the always consistent David Dayen, Anthony Ranzano, and the hilarious Richard Zombeck, especially his comments at the end.

Since there are no embeds for those links, you will have to just click on that link. And remember, all of that is sponsored by Cadillac.

Huff Post Live is live 10 AM-10 PM (ET zone, check your local time zone listings) everyday except Saturday and Sunday.  

And here's Tevin, as always...........

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Deft Volleys Thread #1/The S-Thread #1: 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage Matchday 1

Groups A, B, C, and D open the 2012-13 Champions League group stages, with the marquee matches between the BPL and La Liga BBVA title holders Real Madrid and Manchester City with Jose Mourinho's side in so much early season turmoil.

First, the look at the other matches, as the top competition in club football outside of the FIFA Club World Cup (I say that as a technicality, not an actual reality) begins.

Group A

Dinamo Zagreb/Porto: It's been another summer of vulture raid that FC Porto has had to endure. But the Liga Sagares giants are always keen to establish new stars in their club, and that maybe the case with one James Rodriguez. Despite Hulk becoming their latest all-star to leave, the team was able to fend off Spurs and keep midfield rock Joao Moutinho, and see Lucho Gonzalez be their captain once more.

For the Croatians, though not as arduous as last season's group, it could still be an adventure for them to even make the Europa league's last 32.

Live coverage of Madrid/Man City in a bit...

Revised Thread After Match Day One 

Well, that was a captivating opening evening of action, wasn't it?

The biggest game exceeded its major expectations, and all games had tallies outside of another drab performance by the faded power that is AC Milan. The Rossnieri was rendered absolutely useless by Anderlecht, as Serie A is already destined to another painful year in continental play.

Here's the Team of the Day/Best Eleven:

Hart; Kolarov, Wellington (Malaga), Nuytinck (Anderlecht), Jenkinson (Arsenal); Isco (Malaga), Lucho Gonzalez (Porto), Toure, Marcelo; Podolski (Arsenal), Lewandowski (Dortmund)

And Post Match Review Thoughts

1) Roberto Mancini started terrible, became amazing, only to blow it again in Europe.
2) Madrid of course badly needed it and should have that turn around their awful start in La Liga.
3) PSG was impressive considering they could have felt the pressure to perform. Just like Madrid, a needed win to kick start their domestic campaign.
4) Malaga was really impressive in their Champions League debut. Isco a class above everyone else today.
5) AC Milan, just awful, awful, awful.
6) Porto will always be tough in Europe, no matter who coaches or who plays for them.

That's it for a terrific first day in Champions League coverage. Matchday 2 coverage on Wednesday, September 19, at 2:15 PM on the birdie social protocol. 

Music Video Wakeup Call For 9/18/12: Psy- Gangnam Style (2012)

The song that's sweeping the nation.

The 1st Thread For 9/18/12 (Final Version): The Campaign is Over Part 4, Mother Jones is the MVP

What's so pathetic is that he tried to defend himself after all of this.

David Corn ran the Internet yesterday. He further ran Romney into Lopsided hell as well.

The Updated Links 

Despite being proud of Romney's comment, it took Fixed Propaganda 6 hours to even mention it on their network.

The Olympic hell coming to Rio from the consistently intrepid David Zirin.

Another classic line from the Insane Eyed One, Steve King

DC LGBT, take a bow.

The future queen of The United Kingdom demands that those who have her naked photos give them to her now in 24 hours or ELSE.

Another solid outing for Chris Tillman as the Orioles remain a game behind the Yankees in the AL East.  

The stupid beef between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj may actually have me watch American Idol for the first time seriously in 10 years.

The answer to this question in this following music link? None. 

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 9/18/12: The Huff Post Live Review Show

Welcome to the inaugural installment of the Huffington Post Live review highlight show, recapping the best of HuffPost Live that day.

More tomorrow on why I've chosen to make this a regular staple here at TWD whenever I get a chance. And yes, a part of it has something to do with me having friends there and being on some of the segments, so there.

The Highlights

A) Now yours' truly did join in on the first Occupy Wall Street one-year-old birthday segment, a day after Ahmed's birthday.

B) In analyzing Newsweek's epic cluster (you know what) cover on "Muslim Rage" quality talk on that and NDAA slapdown.

C) During the LA session (more on that tomorrow), the terrific and diligent Mike Elk slapped down the slime that is Adrian Fenty and his privatization lobbyist, smug arrogance here in a must see segment for all those teachers unions fighting the privatization.

D) Great and hopefully not overlooked segment on dealing with loneliness:

E) Now for your your light hearted relationship segments, being with someone who holds the exact opposite of your political views is talked about..........

F) And yours' truly is back to talk about how/what should be the mentality for men and women dating in regards to women finding the right mate in this economy

That's the first Huff Post Live Review Highlight Show here at TWD. You can catch Huff Post Live every weekday from 10 AM to 10 PM (East Coast American time zone, check your local time zones).

Now here's Tevin, as usual, to close the Sleep Time/ Rise n Shine Thread. Peace:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Video Energy Boost #1 For 9/17/12: R. Kelly- Sign of a Victory (2010)

Don't care what personal ridiculous problems he has, this song and this guy is terrific musically.

This and K'Nann's "Waving Flag" should have been the theme song for the 2010 World Cup and not that utter crap from Shakira:

The 1st Thread For 9/17/12 (Second Version): And The Campaign is Over, Part 3

Now the campaign of the Bain Smirker is leaking out the ugly details of how disastrous they have become. Hackio (Politico) has the article, but I rather link to a legit source with their analysis on Hackio's latest inside juice.

Ann Romney is going to have that person's head.

The Updated Links

This was really bad from Joe Scarborough, as is usually is. But this was really bad.

This is what will keep on happening to Soledad O'Brien when she has on the insane people on the right.

 It makes for great TV, but I don't think any host in any field of news likes to be yelled at.

The weekly Monday installment of Cheers and Jeers at DK.

Chris Christie loves Steve "Insane Eyed" King so much, he will speak at his fundraiser.

Repumussen with another stupid poll of so many other years, where Chicago's proudest citizen calls the appropriate lie it is.

Great stuff from Marcy through Katrina on the Obama administration once again hating those perky whistleblowers. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

TWD Sunday Sports/The NFL Thread For 9/16/12: Week 2 Early Game Thoughts

1) Michael Vick will have a bounce back game this week thanks to needed balance, although that won't guarantee an Eagle win against the Ravens in a possible, though I doubt it, Super Bowl matchup.

2) The Saints will go 0-2 today. Cam Newton will have a field day against that suspected New Orleans secondary.

3) Kansas City will bounce back against Buffalo, as both the Bills and Chiefs really need it after those awful openers last week.

4) Andrew Luck will have a field day in a great home opener for the Colts.

5) The Giants will bounce back today, with the key matchup between Hakeem Nicks and Talib, but the Bucs just aren't sound enough in the passing game despite having the weapons to be sound.

6) Oakland could have a struggle today against the Dolphins based on having a Monday night game and the rough travel to the East Coast. Still, they should win.

TWD Sunday Soulful For 9/16/12: Bring in Donnie.....

Saturday, September 15, 2012

TWD Saturday 1st Thread/The Deft Volleys Thread #1/The S-Thread #1: Barclays Premier League Week 4

After a fortnight away for country play, club play returns to the greatest league in the world.

Match coverage over on the Birdie site, with full analysis afterwards here. And no, Terry and Anton could not shake on it. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

TWD Friday Fun Thread For 9/14/12: Feet The Press

Bring in Montell for the Friday Fun Thread......

Montell Jordan "This is How we do it" from WILLIE GILES on Vimeo.

Bruce Springstein gets the MLB postseason music honor this year on TBS. Great to see.

Remember folks, Occupy Wall Street's one year anniversary is coming real soon

This school in Virginia really is not only entirely rude, but incredibly stupid.

David Gregory, no matter how hard you try, you are not cool. 

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And that is your Friday Fun Thread from The Whole Delivery on September 14, 2012. 

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 9/14/12: Alicia Keys- No One (2007)

Alicia Keys "No One" from Justin Francis on Vimeo.

As she slowly starts to comeback with another album soon, here's Swiss Beats' wife with one of her quality tracks from a half-decade ago. Yes, this was five years ago folks, your 2nd Flashback of the day. It's "No One."

We Should All Be Proud of Our Transformations

One of the many disturbing aspects of the American government/political life is the scorn and embarrassment a politician has on a certain potentially embarrassing aspects of his or her life when they were younger popping back up in their political lives.

Now although those aspects will manifest further as today's teenagers and young adults place random or pivotal stuff about their lives on the open internet, the scares of early life have already plagued the previous generations initially (especially in the TV/VCR/tapedeck age who can't have their past erased from the public's minds).

The bay boomers are the first to have their past visually reappear to the rest of society, and most have certainly cringed at the thought of their former days used against them in a campaign.

That is why I further respect the already terrific Jennifer Granholm (at least as a person and not about her overall record as Michigan's governor before Snyder's disastrous current tenure) for the video that has emerged today of her time on "The Dating Show" back in 1978 when she was 19.

Now in that video, there wasn't anything really at all embarrassing about the already smart Granholm there in my mind. In fact, a lot of fun, quirky characteristics she had back then are prevalent with her today. Moreover, her ability to see crap (or BS) in a person was as keen as it was back then as it is now (see the smug San Antonio Guy #3 she definitely did not like thanks to his obnoxious and peculiar answers).

Yet rival campaigns over the years have tried to use her appearance on that famous game show to damage and ruin her political life, only to fail in humiliating fashion. Rather than shun her past, Granholm has embraced it because she embraces herself at all phases of her life, whether proud or embarrassed by it. And we all should be comfortable in that fact too instead of running away from it forever.

This commentary about this particular topic was spurred on by a great comment from a lady named Karen Dunman on how great a transformation Granholm has made from promising actress to one of America's most thoughtful public officials and political figures. 

Then again, I really don't think Jennifer Granholm's life has partaken a full transformation. The core, great characteristics of what made her a late adolescent on "The Dating Show" have never changed from the proud working mom she is today. 
I'm glad Jennifer Granholm laughed at the video fully emerging again. I'm glad any transformation means that there is already the existence of a formation at the least bit.

TWD Friday's 2nd Thread For 9/14/12: And The Campaign Is Over, Edition #2

The smirker says the incumbent will be the one lying at the debates instead of his own mendacious self.

“I’ve looked at prior debates," Romney said. "And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, ‘Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?'”

And what makes it even funnier and quite pathetic is him saying this about his debate sparring partner, Bush lying slime Rob Portman. "I will never debate Rob Portman again. He's very good."

If he can't debate Rob Portman, what makes him think he can debate Barack Obama.

ALSO: He also described middle class as $200,000 to $250,000.

This election could be move of a blowout that the one Goldwater suffered. 

TWD Friday 1st Thread/The Flashback Friday #1 For 9/14/12: Styles P - Good Times (2002)

"I get high, high, high, everyday." The "deep urban" classic from a decade ago from Styles P kicks off the flashbacks for this Friday. It's "Good Times (I Get High)."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Rational & Insane Thread For 9/13/12 (2nd Version): The Boss is a Teacher

A new thread highlighting the rationals in the community and the insane nutcases in the American news and infotainment political/policy/law world.

The Rational 

The great Tony Danza stands in solidarity with the Chicago teachers and their strike. Moreover, he calls out the dangerous privatization of American education.

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Danza's right position is in contrast to teacher union critic Nick Kristof, whose position on this is inexcusable for a person of his stature.

Kristof, however, can fall into that elitist trap from time to time, as do many rational big media sources. And they fail to accumulate the facts along with the moral reality of the education problems in America to make a coherent argument for the underdog in all of this, the teachers and their unions.

John Kerry really made isolationist junior, little Rand, look like the clown he is on anything in regards to the world outside of America today.

It really is a disturbing problem, and it won't get any attention on the campaign trail at all.

It's getting worse for Romney in the numbers now (though polls are always annoying).

Great move by Judge Kat Forrest blocking indefinite attention that the Obama administration, with the Pentagon so angered by Forrest decision, is so desperate to block it. As always, the power hate when they are called out for overstepping their power.

And Roundups from Greg, David later (for now, he calls out Bernanke's usual status quo proud laziness), and a few more later.

The Insane

The heartless skeletor with another one of her heartless skeletor moments

Donald Trump (along with the neocon con cons) is truly Mitt Romney's foreign policy adviser.

Another legitimately stupid comment from Mr. Legitimate rape.

Quiet observation: No one cares for anything Darrell Issa says or does anymore.

And the worst person in the world this week has been identified.

More rationality and insanity later in this inaugural installment of "The Rational & Insane thread." 

The Fun Thread for 9/13/12 (Final Version): It's Like They Never Left In The First Place

Still the G.O.A.Ts, the FreeCreditREPORT.COM original band:

Basketball is everything to Derrick Rose, and so too is humility. He really is terrific:  
This show has potential on Fuse, but shame that it is on a Friday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Fun Thread For 9/12/11 (1st Thread): Nicki Minaj Has Nothing On This Chick

Though this is from Monday night, and I didn't get a chance to talk about it yesterday, then it requires attention here today. Serena was marvelous and most importantly, real here. 
More in the fun thread upcoming.

The 1st Thread For 9/12/11: And the Campaign is Really Over, First Edition

Photo from Associated Press

The Bain Capital corporate raider smirks at the political advantage he thinks he may receive from the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya.

Everyone, even the neocons, have been angered by his move.

The Centrist journalists/reporters/stenographers, from Chuck Todd here to many others, have painted him as desperate and dire for political gain.

This campaign should have long been over with anybody from the Republican Party. It's outdated and really irrelevant. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Fun Thread For 9/11/12 (2nd Version): They Let You On TV.........Again?

I was on Huff Post Live for a good while today with great guys in Professor David Leonard and Roger Stewart, along with legendary 1964 Olympic medalist and activist John Carlos (not on screen, he had to talk on his phone) as we talked about if today's sports athletes can talk about politics or not (which of course they can in my view).

Since there is no embed, the link is here.  

Plus more in updated version of The Fun Thread in a bit.  

Update: Oh, there is an embed!

The One Paragraph Thread For 9/11/12: "Never Forget" This Post

Currently, the slogan is "Never Forget."  In 2026, the slogan will be "Never ever ever, EVER, EVER forget." In 2061, it shall be, "You dare NEVER FORGET or else." Like anyone would actually "forget" what happened? Don't be ridiculous, people aren't that stupid. It's reminded to them everyday in some way. Forcing it down their throats is embarrassing.

The 1st Thread For 9/11/12: No Longer Anyone's Joke.......Again

My phone died out two points away from the greatest non-Olympic day in British tennis history, so that is why I went silent last night on Twitter.

Murray really almost blew this match that he should have won in straights, because he basically blew every other lead imaginable in the encounter.

The Scot blew two break leads in the first set, and couldn't covert on four set points in the 1st set tiebreak before winning the set on the 5th chance of asking. He blew the 4-0 lead inexplicably in set two, and he almost blew his two sets to none lead with a dreary 4th set. Nevertheless, he quickly erased the thoughts of suffering an insufferable choke away quickly by breaking Djokovic so forcefully in the crucial opening game of the final set.

Great to see how stoic Ivan Lendl was to the end, and Murray shall be #1 in the near future. He played exceptionally well in Tokyo and Shanghai last year, will have everyone in London behind him of course at the Tour finals, and will be so confident going into Australia in January.

Once again, Andy Murray is no one's joke ever again.

The Update Stuff:

Jon Wertheim really is tremendous in his 50 thoughts post-US Open edition, especially when addressing how Patrick McEnroe, who he considers a friend, has just royally embarrassed himself this year as a commentator and as a key executive figure with the USTA.
We've been beating the "Conflicts of interests are holding back the sport" drum -- it's a big drum; a bass drum; actually more like an oil drum -- for a while now. It didn't take long to get an unseemly example. On the very first night of play, Donald Young played Federer in the Monday prime-time match. The notion of the McEnroe brothers commenting on Donald Young is akin to letting the Van Gundy brothers commentate on Dwight Howard's first game as a Los Angeles Laker. (If not Roger Goodell reviewing Jonathan Vilma's BBQ restaurant.) Simply waaaaay too much personal history there. As one Canadian journalist tweeted right away: "PMac doing a DYoung match one of those incestuous tennis things that should never happen. 2hr platform to rip him w/o defence. #cantlisten."
 But more troublesome still: As in corporate America, conflicts and coziness and cronyism have the effect of undermining accountability, stunting growth and corroding the culture. The USTA's spotty record in harvesting tennis talent is a major story, one that profoundly affects the future of the sport. Maybe it's ineptitude and profligate spending. Maybe it's the fundamentally flawed structure of the USTA. Maybe -- and I put most of my chips here -- it's a function of globalization and demographics and a worldwide talent pool of unprecedented depth. Regardless, this issue is worthy of critical examination and inquiry. And ESPN, with its resources and platform, ought to be leading the charge.
 You have got to read his entire post, tennis fan or non-tennis fan. It speaks to just the fundamental overall problem when America lets its corporations run the show with no rules for them to adhere to. Again, here's a 2nd link to it.

Another hilarious post from the great John Koblin, as CBS did give full coverage to the men's final well into primetime. Despite the new season of new episodes not starting yet, fans of "How I Met Your Mother" were really angry about tennis being on still.

Also, I think me and my sister are the only black fans of the show, based on how the demographics of those on Twitter voicing their displeasure that tennis was preventing them from watching their favorite show were all white in Koblin's funny write up.

And a great mashup of the British papers for Murray's famous win, from the Slice Tweets:

And that was your Andy Murray/Novak Djokovic tennis dominated edition of "The 1st Thread" today for September 11, 2012. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

The 1st Thread/2012 US Open/S-Thread For 9/10/12: The Tactics For the Men's Final (Murray/Djokovic)

The last time they have played in this friendly rivalry (and I emphasize friendly rivalry) between the two gentlemen that has lasted for more than a decade was of course at The Olympics: 
Now the key things in that match that lead to Murray's great victory 5 weeks ago were more pace on his forehand, and just playing the bigger points with the placidity he lacked consistently in big matches versus his more accomplished Big 4 brethren (Big 4 consisting of course Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic with Murray, though many will only include Murray in with the rest of the Big 3 only when he wins a Grand Slam, Olympic results be damned).

The serve and the calm of Andy Murray is everything in this match. If he hits his spots and his serve, and has the calm on his forehand and movement, then he wins this match. He has a little bit more versatility in his game than Djokovic and has found that needed baseline strength required to beat him in the most pivotal of encounters.

The tactics for both men, and what they need to do for victory right below. Both players obviously need to serve well against their rivals' great return abilities, so that is already understood. It is when the point is neutral is where the match will definitely be decided.

For Djokovic:
1. At times, take some pace off and hit some short balls to test Murray on the forehand side.
2. Come to the net, as you have been volleying well, though on clever approach shots.
3. Get your big matches dominance against the Top 4 today. Be determined and not distracted by the little things.
4. Accept the fact that the crowd will be against you from point one unless you go down 2-0 in sets.

For Murray:
1. Calm, calm, and calm, enjoy the moment and have fun out there. Show your Olympic mentality.
2. Establishing the flame pace serving (130 MPH and more) early and mix it up there after.
3. Your forehand is everything.
4. Get Djokovic off the baseline as well with smart drop shots.

Both men need to stay ahead in the rallies and use the drop shots in auspicious positions in the court. It's about putting the other player on edge, something both men can easily exhibit in their expressive frustrations on the court when times go rough for them.

In the end however, this is Murray's time if he is at his best today like he was at the Olympics. He showed at the Olympics he is tired of being everyone's laughingstock and easy joke (at least in the minds of American sports columnists who are casual viewers of tennis like Dan LeBatard).  And he will take this match in four sets today. Let the Big 4 exist for a while. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The S-Thread #1 For 9/9/12: NFL Week 1, with Early Game Thoughts

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Fun Thread For 9/8/12: Mary Carillo Wins The 2012 US Open

One of the realest TV rants by a sports commentator and journalist ever. She is so brave for this:
More awesomeness like that in the fun thread a little later on.....hopefully.

The Deft Volleys #1/The S-Thread # 1 For 9/8/12: Enough Is Enough with Patrick McEnroe's Stupid Judgement

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Patrick McEnroe was an underachieving but still Top 30 tennis singles player who sadly could not handle the huge mantle that came with his name thanks to his brother.

Despite that, P-Mac was a more than a respectable doubles player who won a Grand Slam at the French Open and definitely comported himself in a professional and, at times, self-deprecating, manner as a pro. Unfortunately, as a color commentator and especially as a talent coordinator and developer with the USTA, he has done a terrible job.

And that dismal performance has reached its nadir with the explosive story from the intrepid Tom Perrotta revealing the USTA's latest hypocrisy, the obsession over getting world junior #1 Taylor Townsend to lose weight despite being the most successful 16-year-old girl in tennis now.

There are several areas where I am especially irritated with McEnroe on this, and it really was marvelous to see Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport lend their unequivocal and emotional support for Townsend. 

The first area I have a problem with McEnroe on is his obvious hypocrisy. Where in the world was this public treatment and sudden concern about Townsend being fat with Coco Vandeweghe and a few prominent male U.S. tennis players in Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish over the years from McEnroe? Suddenly when a #1 junior who is 16 and black arises, the concern about fat is apparent from P-Mac?

The double standard and lack of consistency is embarrassing from an insider with such an important job as P-Mac has.

The other various areas that really disgusts me with the younger McEnroe's asinine treatment to Townsend is his lack of sympathy, his lack of decorum, and his choice to really just be a weird administrator. He's been a down right New York A-hole (there is a difference between one from NYC and one in general) for lack of a better word to this young prodigy, lacking in having any sense of sagacity.

To deny Townsend, the best junior player in the world, who already has defeated a Top 100 player in Spanish veteran Aranxta Parra Santonja and should have beaten Laura Robson in the next round at the tender age of 15 at last year's Open qualifying, a simple wild card into the US Open is really a move deserving of losing his job (if the world was fully rational and properly functional).

No other federation around the world would EVER deny its top junior at the pinnacle of the junior game a spot into its national championships. And to then make that top junior and Australian Open girls' champion and her family pay to go to tournaments, including the national championships, with their own money is the last unacceptable straw.

McEnroe is a very petty man with people who aren't his close friends or prodigies until you have power, and he was yucking it up as his brother John expressed concern over Donald Young's final struggle out of the top 100 to Roger Federer in the 1st Round here before realizing that Young was not going to lose 0, 0, and 0.

P-Mac is another of the many entitled, elitist idiots that have plagued this country with their myopic viewpoints on life, and they will not learn until they are held accountable for their actions.

I think this is a wonderful paradigm about how as Americans we are the best in the world at screwing up a great thing (though the 2nd Bush Presidency is the clear leader in examples of Yanks cluster----). And yet, despite the screw up, all will be well for someone like Patrick McEnroe because they will still go to their comfortable jobs the next day. Especially if they are powerful, wealthy, incompetent, white, and male.

Patrick McEnroe has certainly screwed up a lot of things in his playing career. But he certainly hasn't screwed anything up like this.

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