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Music Thread for 9/30/08- Janet Spends Two Days In Hospital: DMX Spends Two Minutes in Court

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Photo by Scott Gripes of Getty Images, via VH1. The run through in the world of instrumental rhythm that we simply call, "music."

At least it was only 2 minutes, the total duration of the time spent today in court by DMX. But someone at DX made a great point. Where are his fellow "Ruff Ryders?"
You know its true when they say "you have no friends in this world" because I love DMX and he is one of the realest people in hip hop and it is sad what happened to him but where the f--- are his peoples??? I don't hear anything about Eve supporting him, no Swizz Beats, not even Jay-z coming to help this man out. Nobody showing up for his court dates or visiting him in jail. Its f----- up. I guess its true, you find out who is really with you when your locked up.MTV and Diddy will continue their annoying and warn out happy marriage by the network giving him another self-propaganda show. Let's see who will be the latest dumb sap (or saps) to get pimped by Mr…

Sports Thread #1 for 9/30/08- Do or Die Before Do or Die

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From MLB.com
Whatever the result is after tonight's game, no one can be utterly disappointed in the seasons of both the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

Picked to be the two bridesmaids of both the pre-season World Series hyped Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, both of these teams have once again showed how difficult and capricious the American League Central can be, even with its East counterparts were the better division this year.

However, that will not be enough solace for the loser of tonight's one-off battle for the division crown. Sadly, that will be the position of Ron Gardenhire's side, as the late night travel to Chicago, along with the experience of the 2005 champions (and a loaded line up with star rookie Alexi Ramirez) will have the White Sox celebrating into the postseason.

9/30/08- TWD's Agenda for the Day- Mazel Tov Fall Street

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Photo from the KosHappy Rosh Hashanah Fall Street. You have put us in this position thanks to your avarice and selfishness, and you continue to still work your magic with market manipulation. After being down 700 points yesterday, all of a sudden, you are now up 300 points? Did a magic wand hit you guys on the head last night? It must have.

Or is it something else?

Is it the fact that you know something behind the scenes in this day off of Congress that we don't know? That you feel the bailout package you want instead of what the people want (and need) in this country is going to get created and passed in the next days, huh?

Not once have I heard from any major CEO of any bank out right now demanding that a progressive type bill of putting the proletariat first would suffice. You know the proletariat? Me, you, and the rest in the middle class, along with those who are barely in the middle class, who need this MORE than even the middle class.

Those people who have no homes, no jobs, or…

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 9/29-30/08- Voting Registration Deadline Dates

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As you can see here, the deadline day for registration is due as early as Friday. So if you aren't in your state and you still want to cast your vote there, you better get on it as soon as possible. Because if you don't, then your only option is to place your checkmark in your surrogate state.

It comes down to one game today to see who will be this year's winners of the American League Central Division, when the Twins and the White Sox do battle today on Chicago's South side. Both of these two teams were suppose to finish third and fourth in the division, as the Indians and the Tigers were slated to be the last two standing here.

The Read
DemFromCt's A.P.R.U
Specifically, from today's A.P.R.U, the "war on contraception" from the Bush Administration is going down. And a lot of people will be pissed about this. A lot.

Have a good day here at TWD, and elsewhere!

If You Thought Her Foriegn Policy Record Was Impressive.........

Seriously, she may embarrass herself on FOX's "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?":
Of concern to McCain's campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin's interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing.

The Palin aide, after first noting how "infuriating" it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.

After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.

There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.What else did she messed up in this interview? Her name?

But seriously, this is further evidence of what I have been saying, what Fareed Zakaria has been saying, what Paul Begala has been saying, and what every rational or semi-rational person in this country has been saying: Boy, did John McCain really show how ter…

Music Thread for 9/29/08- Rap City Joins TRL on the Shelf (And the Economy Has Nothing to do with It)

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Photo from ATLNightLife: Thanks to it being an original, most impressive chain, Sean Kingston became the latest person in the urban music world to have his chain jacked.

Quick News thread run through. Some good, some bad, and some that is quite frankly, deserved Especially the first two stories.

Rap City is done. BET is pulling the plug on a show that long ago should of have been pulled out. No one was watching it anymore, and even if Q45 tried his best after the failure that was Madd Linx, the writing was on the all. At least they can put on another mediocre black sitcom on their afternoon block. Here's looking at LL Cool J's "In The House."

Hahahaha, that's what you get for spending half a mill on a chain.
Sean Kingston $500,000 chain has been stolen from the mail. The teen rapper, best known for his Summer 2007 hit “Beautiful Girls, had his sister FedEx the gawdy chain from Los Angeles to New York but when the package arrived on Sean’s doorstep (a day late), it wa…

The Laughingstocks of America Part 4: Talking Points Memo Does It Again

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All credit to Talking Points Memo on this one, as always, for perfectly showing America how sad it is for John McCain right now.

Just read the whole article by premiere reporter Greg Sargent. I don't even need to highlight the quotes. All I can say for the synopsis is this: McCain took credit for having the Republicans seemingly on the verge of voting for the Bailout Plan (which was never, EVER the case) last Wednesday , and yet, they deferred not to do so today. After they bragged that becaius eof his leadership, they were going to sign this.

(MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, one of the bigger Republican jerks (and just a jerk in general) on the television even slammed McCain for today, labeling him and Nancy Pelosi (because he needed to blame the Democrats just to stick his foot in both sides in case) as the two biggest losers of the day. )

And that isn't even the juiciest (or most hypocritical) thing of beauty in this article.

Update: Bill Burton hit it on the head with this respon…

CNN's Zakaria on McCain: He Put Himself First In Front of His Country

CNN's Fareed Zakaria wrote a near, fully scathing piece today in Newsweek, highlighting how terrible a choice Sarah Plain was for John McCain.

When Zakaria just sticks to the truth instead of putting his own ego in the way, he can be just as good as any commentator out there.

Here's the link, and the key comments:
Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start.And the key quote:
McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.

9/29/08- TWD's Agenda For the Day: No Deal, No Bill; He Apparently Now Gets "Mavericky" on Petarus

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Photo thanks to Think Progress
This will go on for another day, and though some people maybe tired of it going on for another day, you shouldn't be. Because it is your tax players money, and the future of that money, getting decided in the next couple of days.

By a 228-205 decision, the bailout deal failed today.

The simple question after this comes to this: Will the market fail if this bill doesn't past? And by the way, you know whose been quiet the last few days besides Dick Cheney of course:

Surprisingly, the answer wouldn't be Karl Rove. Instead, it is our Treasur Secretary Henry Paulson, who loved to be in fromt of the camera all of last week.

So now, Mr. Paulson, who was busy in front of the camera not that long ago urging for this bill to get passed, has been mime silent since McCain pulled his selfish stupid act on Wednesday to "suspend" his campaign. I guess since he wasn't going to get that "blank check" that he wanted, he doesn't want any…

Brutal But True Truthtelling: Obama Brings Up McCain's Neglect During Hurricane Katrina

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Damning.
Senator McCain just doesn't get it. He doesn't understand that the storm hitting Wall Street hit Main Street long ago. That's why his first response to the greatest financial meltdown in generations was a Katrina-like response.
Sort of stood there. Said the fundamentals of the economy are strong. That's why he's been shifting positions these last two weeks, looking for photo ops, trying to figure out what to say and what to do.Here's the video from the great JedReport:And for those who don't believe this, here is McCain with Bush on the day when the levees broke. What were they doing:Oh, that's right celebrating, with cake for McCain's birthday. Oh, and by the way, for those who once again say I show "partisan bias", you want me to tell you want Obama was doing when Katrina hit? Huh?

He was down there helping people, ON THE GROUND.

And some people think both Obama and McShame are full of "s---". Please, do your research and…

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 9/28-29/09- The Laughingstocks of America, Part 3

Hereis the third part in the sad but nevertheless hilarious series of "The Laughingstocks of America: John McCain and Sarah Palin."

Tina Fey does it again. SNL, does it again.


This is so classic, that the nornally focused John King (and yes, even Wolf Blitzer) of CNN just can't help but stop laughing on yesterday's Late Edition about Fey's performance.


The great Jack Cafferty tells us how he feels about Governor Palin:


The Read
DemFromCT's A.P.R.U is, as usual, vital to really seeing how the top writers in the country think, whether they are true with their statements or utter the most incongruous stuff you will see all day.

Also of note (and this is for all of thoe out there who think I'm all partisan bias), look at most conservatives reactions from the great "diary" of the usually great kula2316 in regards to both Palin and McCain. It's not tears of joy for either of them, to put it lightly.

Very lightly.

Have a good morning (and a good sleep too…

Non-NFL Sports Thread for 9/28/08 - Dejection 2:The Bitter Sequel

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Photo from Cataffo News
For the second consecutive year, the team that finishes third place in the National League East Division feels like it finished ahead of the second place team on the final weekend of the season.

Because that is the feeling that is once again being portrayed, as the Florida Marlins ruined the New York Mets playoff hopes for a second straight season. Or in better terms, the Mets blew it again, with the Marlins putting the final nail to seal the coffin shut like they did 12 months ago.

In their 4-2 lost to the fish today, the Mets closed Shea Stadium in the cruelest of fashions: losing on a day where most in the stadium thought that this wasn't going to be the last day of the team's first domicle. That sentiment was further ushered in by the performance yesterday of Johan Santana, who seemed to give the Mets that extra jolt that they didn't have when the Marlins gave them the self-abasing sweep on the final weekend of last season.

Instead, that momentum on…

Who Will Be This Week's Big Story?

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With the Dolphins Having the biggest upset and lead story of Week 3
Who will be this weeks Miami Dolphins? (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
By James Eddy

It is week 4 in the NFL with New England, Indy, and the New York Giants all with bye weeks I wonder what will be the lead story for all of the Monday sports talk shows. Last week the weekend was highlighted (except in New England) by the dominant performance the Miami Dolphins put on the New England Patriots. This came as a surprise to many, but if anyone watched only the first quarter of that game they would have realized that the Patriots were going to be in a lot of trouble. Therefore, there will be a whole new dynamic will be added to The Whole Delivery. There are now going to be weekly NFL picks. Not the whole week 4 schedule, but three picks that will of course follow the point spread. The format of the picks will go as follows, first will be the best pick or the pick least likely to lose. Next will be the hardest pick or toughest …

The 3-Guarantees (Aganist the Spread) NFL Thread: Week 4

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Here's the three key games I have chosen the place under "The 3-Guarantees Label"

Vikings at Titans: In what will probably be the most physical game of the NFL season, no soft play will be allowed today between these two sides. It will be captivating stuff to see who will win the battles of lines today: Kevin Mawae and Jake Scott versus Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Matt Birk and Steve Hutchinson versus Albert Haynesworth and Tony Brown. This is no game for the faint of heart.

You would have thought at the beginning of the season that this would come down to quarterback play between Vince Young and Tavaris Jackson. But instead of those young still developing, athletic quarterbacks, a total 180 has taken place with their veteran, pocket passing backups Kerry Collins and Gus Frerotte filling in for them. What a total obverse on both sides.

Really, both of these teams mirror image each other.

Collins is playing at a higher level that Frerotte at the moment, plus add the …

9/28/08-TWD's Agenda for the Day: Sam Loomis Sunday Talk; The Scariest Obama Ad; The Gap is Widing, and The Temper is Boiling

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Did I say Sam Loomis is brutally hilarious and truthful simultaneously, or didn't I? Here's the latest reason why his weekly "Sunday Talk" thread, along with these great photos from him, is a must see:




As the title also mentioned, the scariest Obama ad ever is right below. It is chilling, funny, and genius at the same time. But the operative word in the previous sentence is chilling .

Goodness, whoever contemplated that one up, they are in the all time Hall of Fame of Political Ad thinking.

We just can't afford that risk.

That Ad was so good, that it actually may have upstage this classic one that hit home in a genuine way (and the one I liked the most):

And these ad's along with the McCain campaign self-destructing every single day has led to this. Now remember, I don't like polls and especially have talked about the shameful skewing of the numbers Gallup's polls have done over the course of the last two months. Still, sometimes they are right, and thi…

Sunday Sunshine- 4th week in September 2008

After last week's quick first edition, we wanted to continue the trend.

First up, through this was released last year, here's J'Moss and Anthony Hamilton with "I'm Not Perfect."


James Fortune & Fiya with "I Trust You."


And finally, one of my personal all time favorites, again, here's Anthony Hamilton along with Jaheim and Musiq in "Struggle No more", from April 2007.

"I want to see/my family/Get what they want/Have what they need."

Real stuff as always when you take a look and listen to the weekly "Sunday Sunshine" thread. Until next week, safe travels and God bless.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 9/27-28/08: Full Video of the Entire Debate, Thanks to C-SPAN

If you missed it or still haven't seen any of it (which would make you be really out of the loop), then here it is for your pleasure. Thank the wonderful folks at C-SPAN, and I recommend to everyone that you watch the other debates on C-SPAN. Not CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.

C-SPAN.

Thanks to working at the "Holladay" event at MIT here in Boston, I apologize for Saturday not featuring many posts/threads at all. Today will be a little better with reviews of the wildness in college football yesterday and Thursday of course, along with the top 3 NFL guarantee picks and "Sunday Sunshine", our gospel Sunday thread.

From TWD, have a good day, God Bless, and of course, Sha-la!

9/27/08- TWD's Agenda for the Day - The Previous Post Before This and......It's Saturday

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As mentioned in the post just below, our hearts, prayers and blessings go out to the Newman family and all of his fans and supporters.

Since it's Saturday, it will be a weekly tradition here at TWD to show this video. Once again, it's Ludacris weekend classic "Saturday" from 2002.



And also, the devastating new Obama Ad on last night's debate, and Hillary loves it, thanks to Kitty at the Kos. (via the WSJ) (transcript below):

Anncr: Number of minutes in debate: 90.

Number of times John McCain mentioned the middle class: Zero

McCain doesn’t get it.

Barack Obama does.

Barack Sync: The fundamentals of the economy have to be measured by whether or not the middle class is getting a fair shake...

And when you look at your tax policies...
you are neglecting people who are really struggling right now. I think that is a continuation of the last eight years, and we can’t afford another four.

Barack VO: I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

&…

TWD's Condolences: Paul Newman (1925-2008) Dies

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Photo from KSPR News
One of the more genuine figures out there, thanks in part to his philanthropy, Paul Newman will certainly be missed by many. If not all.

Newman had cancer for a little while, as it was confirmed in Junethat those reports of illness were true.

At the Kos, Ms.Librarian does the remembrance true for the renowned actor:
While he will likely be remembered for being a great actor, his politics and philanthropy cannot be forgotten.

His Newman's Own product line has given away over $200 Million to charity since he founded the brand in the 1980's.

He's also worked to raise money for sick children and some other causes.
In addition:
Never one to shy away from giving his opinions, Newman made it clear he wanted change in the country and worked towards it.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread- 9/26-27/08-Senator Kennedy Returns Back Home

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(ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
While everyone was debate, debate, debate, debate, Ted Kennedy was released from the hospital last night. That was by far the best news of the night in the political world:
Ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy, a liberal giant and patriarch of America's most storied political family, was examined and released from a Massachusetts hospital on Friday after suffering a mild seizure, officials said.

"Senator Kennedy experienced a mild seizure at home in Hyannis Port today and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for examination," said a statement from the office of the 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in May.

"Doctors believe the incident was triggered by a change in medication. Senator Kennedy will return home tonight and looks forward to watching the debate," the statement added, referring to the presidential candidates' debate between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on Friday night.

Oh that &qu…

The Debate Aftermath- The Rational Perspective and the Spin

From MyDD:
There's a lot of talk on MSNBC about John McCain's demeanor. He came off as mean, condescending and a jerk, not looking at Barack once the whole night, while Barack came off as Mr. nice guy. This is generally the sort of thing people judge candidates on when they make their voting decisions, so the question is, will people judge McCain harshly for acting like a dick or will they see it as strength? Will they like Barack more or will they think he allowed McCain to roll over him?

From the great Mr.Marshall:
I keep coming back to McCain's comment that Pakistan was a "failed state" when Musharraf hatched his coup d'etat. It's a vague term. But I don't think that adds up. It's always been the key fear that Pakistan, with its nuclear weapons, could become a failed state. It's got lots of the ingredients. But I don't think that adds up.
From the equally great Mr.Yglesias:
Paul Begala looked back at Barack Obama’s list of particulars agai…

The First Debate Live Thread (and Review)-9/26/08

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From Reuters' Larry Downing
Are you ready for it? (And hoepfully the end of McSlime's campaign?)

The Updates (and Please refresh the page if you have to)
8 :40 PM-All the highlights down here, when the action starts in 20 minutes

From Reuters' Jason Reed
The stage is set. Literally.

(AFP/Getty Images/File/Win Mcnamee)
9:02PM- Jim Lehrer of PBS opens up.
9:03 PM- The fakest handshake ever, and here's the first question.
About the economy.
9:05 PM- Obama opens up about his economic policy in terms of the bailout
9:06 PM- McCain throws love to Kennedy, abeit, it is more political than really genuine from my perspective, but he did it though.
9:08 PM-McCain desn't even talk about his plan. Sadly, because he doesn't even have one. And Lehrer doesn't notice McCain's virtual non-answer.
9:10 PM- McCain now trying to go through history. He is already BS'ing, and I think the temper tantrum will come out soon. Especially over him saying he "saw this mess coming.&q…

Early Night/Pre-Debate News Thread: Senator Kennedy Hospitalized

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Full prayers and love given to Senator Kennedy as he battles with his ailments(Photo from CNN).
Ted Kennedy has just been hospitalized. Blessings most definitely to him and his family of course. TWD's definitely gives its wholehearted prayers as well.

From TP's Ali Frick, the KKK will be in full force tonight.
The Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan plan to appear at the University of Mississippi for tonight’s debate, the university’s student newspaper reports
No comment on whether if Obama saves their lives if a bullet came there way that they still won't hate him.

Did she have a horrible day, or did she have a HORRIBLE, AWFUL, FORGETTABLE day? Here's another embarrassing comment from Sarah Palin in her disaster of an interview tih Katie Couric. And it was suppose to be a "softball" interview.
COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? … Instead…

Music Thread #1 for 9/26/08- The Flashbacks: Montell Jordan - FRIDAY

After not being able to embed it through Youtube two weeks ago thanks to Universal's BS about not caring about you, here it is: Montell Jordan's 1994 classic celebrating that it's Friday: "This is How We Do It."

Sha to the la.

9/26/08-TWD's Agenda for the Day- Debating How "Drama Kings" Will Never Be Real Kings (or Leaders)

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Photo from Dodd Abide at the Kos
This article shows you who the real leader is right now, and how both the President and one of Congress's long time members stay quiet and cower in the back in this time were leadership is required. Unbelivable (in both a good and bad way).
Instead he [McCain] found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a clear public message for how to bring it to an end.

At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting.

Still, by nightfall, the day provided the younger and less experienced Mr. Obama an opportunity to, in effect, shift roles with Mr. McCain. For a moment, at least, it was Mr. Obama presenting himself as the old hand at consensus building, and as the real face of bipartisan politics.
But if anybody has been paying good attention since this whol…

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 9/25-26/08, Part 2: A Jaw Dropper of Epic Propotions (A Special Sports Thread)

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If there is any sports news that could even remotely replace the calamity going on in both the financial and political world in this country right now, it is a blind-sided shocker of a result.

Photo:Don Ryan of AP
That happened last night. Now to be honest, I so didn't see this coming, that I didn't release it until I woke up and turned to not even ESPN this morning, but MSNBC. After their usually mediocre at best sports segment, I had to second check ESPNews just in case I actually saw what my eyes showed me.

This year's USC team, dubbed by some to be the greatest assembled by near-jerk publications looking to get or keep their magazines up, already has blown it in three games. Even more peculiar than this loss (the second consecutive lost in Corvalis)is the fact Pete Caroll's team somehow had two "byes" in the first five weeks.

The second one definitely hurt this time.

Now it was well thought out by all the pundits going into the year that if USC lost, it would…

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 9/25-26/08, Part 1:Washington Mutual Becomes the Latest Victim (and a Refresh)

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Photo cred to REUTERS' Lucas Jackson
The bank I have? Gone.

Washington Mutual, the giant lender that came to symbolize the excesses of the mortgage boom, was seized by federal regulators on Thursday night, in what is by far the largest bank failure in American history.
Regulators simultaneously brokered an emergency sale of virtually all of Washington Mutual, the nation’s largest savings and loan, to JPMorgan Chase for $1.9 billion, averting another potentially huge taxpayer bill for the rescue of a failing institution.

As Kos puts it:
Yay, the nation's largest S&L has been nationalized, along with the nation's largest insurance company, and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

The Republicans are well on their way to their goal of a socialist utopia. Who would've thunk it?

JP Morgan chase has already taken over all of WaMu's assets for $1.9 billion. Who knew the "Adidas takes over Reebok" comparison would fit with the situation at hand right now with the banks.

It …