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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 10/23/15: Jojo - Leave (Get Out) (2004)

Before major label troubles that showcased how she was certainly the opposite of a soft, cookie cutter pop princess some wanted to carve her into, Jojo really appeared to be someone who would have the status that Taylor Swift occupies now.

Back in 2004, "Leave (Get Out)" was a powerful enough beginning for her, with this video retired on MTV's TRL thanks to the quality production of Danish R&B/soul producers Soulshock & Karlin. It reached #12 on the Billboard 100 and was a force across the world, especially Down Under in Australia and New Zealand.

Though Jojo now hates how this song and the rest of her first album sounded, she's still appreciates it enough due to it being her start in the game. And though she has never built on that early promise thanks to the aforementioned label struggles, along with the occasional difficulties for many childhood stars to keep their illumination going into their young adulthood, Jojo is certainly not giving up hope of reaching the top.

So, without further adu (no pun intended to her and former boyfriend Freddy Adu), it's Jojo's first single, from 2004, "Leave (Get Out)."

Quite the contrast from the first Flashback of the day choice this week, isn't it? More to come at The Whole Delivery. 

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/23/15: M.O.P - Ante Up (2000)

(Viewer and listener discretion is advised, especially if you aren't black and/or lived in an American hood).

A song near and dear to my heart, since it was filmed in my neighborhood 15 years ago. It's the crowning moment of M.O.P's respectable career (and before they went the disastrous G-Unit route).

It's the North Brooklyn hood classic that gave so much energy to Tompkins Park when they shot the video in the area during that 2000 summer. It's the unapologetic  "Ante Up," your first Flashback Friday video of the day.

More to come from TWD Friday, stay tuned. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The 1st Thread For 10/14/15: How's CNN's Bogus 'Fact Check' Once Again Displayed How Fradulent it Always is

It's always going to be an embarrassment when CNN hosts any debate in this era when they have largely been exposed, day after day, year after year, of being centrist media clowns laughably desperate to appear being the network that actual holds anyone accountable.

And after Anderson Cooper's latest, constant interruption of a Democratic debate to make it seem like he's a real journalist when he is just a fraud, the network went and got its usual fact check hack Tom Foreman to try and pull a fast one on Bernie Sanders. Only, it failed miserably.

It was centered on of course the gun debate, the one topic where centrist media fools like CNN will think that they can show Sanders as having the usual duplicitous politician tactic of possibly "flip-flop" on their weakest topic just like everyone else.

Now, we can discuss whether his D- rating for NRA or his preference to not want gun manufactures to be sued under UNKNOWING circumstances (I capitalized that because that is key) is the most important part of his under the microscope position on the issue, since it won't be going away until his campaign ends in the primary or in the White House. But look closely at the latest nonsense of journalistic integrity Foremann and this pathetic, desperate network chose to embark on again.

In that potion of the debate, Cooper asked Sanders "do you want to shield gun companies from lawsuits?" Now here's what Sanders FULLY stated in that section (start at the 1:33 mark, end, if you chose, at the 2:04).

"Of course not, this was a large and complicated bill. There were provisions in it that I think made sense. For example, do I think that a gun shop in this state of Vermont that sales legally a gun to somebody, and that somebody goes out and does something crazy that the gun shop owner should be held responsible? I don't. 
On the other hand, where you have manufactures, and where you have gun shops, KNOWINGLY, giving guns to criminals or aiding or abetting that, of course we should take action."
Now, in July, Sanders told Jake Tapper, "If somebody has a gun and it falls into the hands of a murderer, and that murderer kills somebody with the gun, do you hold the gun manufacturer responsible? Not anymore than you would hold a hammer company responsible if somebody beat somebody over the head with a hammer. That is not what a lawsuit should be about.”

Okay, we got all of that? Good.

Now, watch the nonsense after the debate when Cooper calls on Foremann for more of their "fact checking", or rather, half-fact checking.

You see what Foremann and his hackish producers did? They completely cut off Sanders' first answer, which is CONSISTENT to what he said in July. And, Foreman did not emphasize the key word that Sanders said: KNOWINGLY.

All they played was the latter half of Sanders' reply, the holding gun owners accountable part ONLY if they KNOWINGLY knew they would contribute to a mass shooting crime.

Foreman and his producers completely edited out Sanders consistent, initial response to what he said in July and made him appear as a calculated flip-flopper to someone not able to pay attention or see the full details of this all. And they were happy with their work to label what he said as "False." Only, it was the CNN that was once again "False" themselves with their half-fact checking.

KNOWINGLY is an important, huge distinction. KNOWINGLY is a subtle but massive detail that was completely ignored here by Foremann and CNN's usual, pathetic attempt to still appear to outsiders as a great, accountable news organization to all.

Thankfully over the last 10 to 15 years, CNN have been constantly dressed down as clowns here on the site and everyone else able to pay attention. And their thirst all day for Joe Biden on Tuesday was about as bad as All Republicans saying the word "Benghazi" or Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's constant addiction to proving they know a LOT of hip-hop songs.

But it's moments like this where no matter who you support, this should be another reminder to constantly hold powerful media networks like this accountable despite how irrelevant they have become. They still host these debates and still have a perception with some in the daily public, either some of my colleagues in media or people who don't have time to see the frauds that they are on a regular basis, as not being as terrible as they truly are because they have these spots.

It's another moment of an endless array at how CNN and centrist media as a whole continue to think they are slick. And why our political culture is the crapfest it will always be if they continue to freely operate like this, no matter how irrelevant they become on a daily basis when no has to suffer watching their debate coverage. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Music Wakeup Call For 10/13/15: Alphacat's Barack Obama - Back 2 Back (2015)

The best Obama impersonator ever, one Alphacat, has decided to make another classic parody song, this time with Aubrey's "Back to Back" beat and having it be 100 times better than Aubrey's diss at Meek. It's "Back to Back" Obama style, and it is another classic from what maybe the greatest parody person ever. He is that great.

It's the happy return of the Music Wakeup Call at TWD.

It's just so timeless, so many classic lines and facial reactions like this:

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Flashback Fridays For 10/9/15: Monica - Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) (1995)

Flashback to 20 years ago when one Monica Brown came out and was one of the freshest talents in the game, with this hit that got its deserved respect for a number of years but has been forgotten lately considering how Monica has been off the radar.

It's the Dallas Austin produced classic from then 15-year-old Monica, "Don't Take it Personal (Just one of Dem Days)", your (late) Flashback Friday choice for this week.

TWD, your home for music's best nostalgia moments.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 10/2/15: Janet Jackson - Doesn't Really Matter (2000)

After today's first Flashback Friday selection, we keep it 2000 related with the legend Janet Jackson's effort from the Nutty Professor 2 soundtrack. It's the enjoyable and fun "Doesn't Really Matter." 

This really was a quality music video. 

More to come at TWD. 

The Sports Thread #1 For 10/2/15: Da Vinci Code Becomes Da Vinci Crazy

Welp, Roberta Vinci really will officially become the prime enemy of Williams' fans for good after irrationally and angrily calling out Venus Williams moving on match point in the Wuhan Open semifinals today (Wuhan is 12 hours ahead of the ET zone).

Here's the match end.

Vinci would have already looked bad if she said it in English. But the fact that she said "what the f--k" and then asked Venus if she wanted tea or coffee in Italian makes her look more cowardly here. Roberta truly is a fun, fiery person, but this was really a lame move from her. Even more bizarre would be if she did not complain about Venus' time during the match.

Either way, another huge win for Venus in a great week at a big tournament, where she will play Garbine Muguruza in a quality final to salvage a prestige event that has been hurt by absences and laughably bad attendance.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/2/15: Common - The Light (2000)

One of the truly great songs of not only a magical and timeless 2000, but really ever, with a video that perfectly matches it.

It's Common serenading his then wifey at the time in Erykah Badu with the special song that is "The Light," from 15 years ago. It's the first of several flashbacks today on Flashback Friday.

More to come in a bit. 

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