Friday, April 30, 2010

Mayweather v. Mosley

Tomorrow night two of my favorite fighters in boxing will finally meet in the ring in Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley. I have read every article possible and every analysis and I will certainly after writing this change my opinion the very last minute up to the fight. I am torn for one, second there are many variables that contribute to this blockbuster match up. Regardless I am going to give you a prediction as promised as much as it pains me.

A look at Mayweather:

Mayweather is hated. I get that, however it is a persona and despite what other writers have experienced from the man himself, I do think it is pure politics. Putting that aside the intangibles are in favor of Mayweather. I give a slight edge to him in speed. When it comes to ring generalship Mayweather can make a ring appear much larger with his defensive capabilities and slickness. He also has the favor of being the younger of the two fighters. Throughout his entire career when the spotlight has been on him Mayweather shows up fight night in the best shape imaginable. It cannot be disputed that Mayweather is no slouch in regards to stamina.

The question in my mind is will he be able to afford analyzing his opponent in the ring as he has been want to do later on in his career? It can be argued that this preferred style choice has led Mayweather to "give away" rounds Ex. his fights with both Zab Judah and Oscar De La Hoya. Mayweather in order to win against Mosley will have to make a choice sooner than later. It is safe to assume Mosley will be "up" from his win over Margarito and looking to inflict a considerable amount of pain to Mayweather's body. A task many fighters have attempted in the past with perhaps only Jose Luis Castillo being the one to effectively succeed. It will be up to Mayweather to find range with his straight right hand, a punch that has historically bothered Mosley (Forrest, Wright) and avoid the brutal left hook Mosley has used to destruct Ricardo Mayorga, Fernando Vargas and Antonio Margarito. The check hook that Mayweather used to oust Hatton if landed will only slightly effect the sturdy chin of Mosley, so a rare combination from Mayweather might be his best bet to maintain the distance he prefers when fighting.

In this particular match-up Mayweather is going to have to be as accurate as ever while being as mindful as ever of Mosley's comparable speed and power. Mayweather's keys to victory will be starting early, using and controlling distance while baiting Mosley into allowing counter punching opportunities. His speed combined with accuracy will give Mosley fits throughout this fight.

A look at Mosley:

Mosley has the heart of a lion and the determination of well the most determined m-fer you have ever met. I am with Doug Fischer on his analysis that Mosley is being grossly overlooked. It is in fact down right insulting to Mosley's resume and the perseverance Mosley has exemplified throughout his career. I, however am not a betting man, so let's stick to the match-up.

Mosley is the bigger man. Let's not putz around this. I find it odd many people aren't stating that consistently, however I guess some calling him a "true welterweight" accounts for it. Although both men have come up from lighter weights Mosley undoubtedly is more comfortable at 147. He is a known strong fighter meaning his natural body lends itself to be stockier and more compact. I think this is the core to his strategy in the ring. He needs to mount an effective attack to Mayweather's body restricting the movement of his opponent. He will need to apply pressure to Mayweather followed by a double hook combination that was a preferred choice of his earlier in his career.

I am not of the school of thought that the blueprint to beating Mayweather is to just bum rush him or smother him. This won't be Mosley's key to victory. He needs to close the distance, but the with movement and disrupting Mayweather's preferred rhythm. Mosley is highly underrated for his boxing IQ and with the help of Nazim Richardson (who I feel is this X-factor) in his corner I don't doubt they will have various game plans. The one issue glaring issue is Mosley's jab. It would be the most effective deterrent against Mayweather, but as I believe Emanuel Steward has stated often in his analysis of Mosley, it is not a stifling jab that he throws. Over his career Mosley has even lightened up on it preferring for various leads and getting away from a stiff textbook jab. I don't think it will be a factor in this fight unless he changes his technique.

Final Analysis:

My early inclination was that Mayweather would outbox Mosley in a closely contested and quite possibly highly disputed decision victory. Mosley's last fight with a boxer-puncher was Cotto and that fight although close was a loss. It is reasonable to conclude that Mayweather with his ring intelligence, gifted boxing skills and defensive tendencies will be able to thwart any aggression by Mosley.

After much consideration though I believe Mosley has the size, speed and sheer will power that will disrupt and perhaps hurt Mayweather. Mosley's ability to work the body, mix up his punches and throw combos effectively will give the normally comfortable Mayweather a great deal to think about in the ring. And when that time comes for Mayweather to face the prospect of defeat, how will he respond? We don't know. Mayweather has yet to be truly challenged mentally in the ring. Will he throw caution into the wind if he falls too far behind?

My guess is he won't. Mayweather has been hard-wired since birth not to get chin checked. He is a master in the craft of boxing, but Mosley is not a novice in this regard. I think Shane Mosley will be active enough to hand Floyd Mayweather his first loss by split decision or late round technical knockout. Shane's a fighter, he fights like dying isn't a consequence in life and that is his trump card.

Don't color me surprised or a hater if Mayweather wins though as stated above he has many paths to a victory. I just have a gut feeling Mosley will find a way. (Then to counter that Mayweather has found a way to win against everyone before Mosley.) I don't appreciate people who just want to see Mayweather lose and are picking Mosley. And I certainly don't remember Mosley receiving this hype from fans before facing Margarito. Making this decision is forced, I really feel it is a true toss up. I would rather have both men come out on top, unfortunately that is not possible. The more I think about it honestly will not be fun to watch. Hopefully fighting one another will bring out the best in both fighters; we will see a new side of Mayweather and be reminded of why we admire Mosley so much.

No matter what, tomorrow we will be historic. Shane Mosley vs. Floyd Mayweather on HBO Pay-Per-View

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Update: Mayweather wins by Unanimous Decision. Floyd got checked and unlike my prediction that he would become more defensive, the test made him a better and more aggressive fighter. It was truly an amazing performance. Shane midway through had the look on his face like he did against Winky Wright. Troubled. Floyd showed superior accuracy, speed and ring intelligence, but the most surprising part to me was midway through the fight Floyd came across as the stronger of the two men. My prediction as I stated was forced, I have been following both Shane and Floyd since early on and never wanted this fight to happen, however I am glad it did. Shane showed us his punching power and excitement in Round 2 followed by a never ending determination and Floyd proved he has heart and the ability to back up his mouth when faced with adversity. Initial reaction after watching the fight, Floyd Mayweather might be the best fighter of my era. Who is next? The question was posed about Pac-Monster and I hope that fight happens. Unlike this fight, I want Pac-Man and Mayweather to go head to head. The styles match up is intriguing. Pac-Man has the weight of a nation on his shoulders whenever he goes in a ring. Mayweather has proven he can handle a true welterweight. Let's hope they can reconcile their differences, fore go politics and meet in the ring. Till then, I will appreciate the greatness that I just witnessed.

"Quite Safe"

The fact that Kristol is employment anywhere continues to baffle me. I wonder when he will be "grown up" enough to admit he has been consistently wrong his entire life. Ass. Clown.

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Damn that Paul Krugman

He is always right:

No, I haven’t lost my mind — that’s not what I believe. But you know that’s what the talk-show hosts will be saying soon, if they haven’t already started. The only question is what the story will be.

Will it be claims that liberals and/or scientific conspirators sabotaged the rig, to undermine good Americans who want to drillheredrillnow? (Michael Crichton already wrote that novel).

Will it be that oil workers, demoralized by the march of socialism, fell into despair and let the accident happen?

Will it be claims that since this didn’t happen under Bush, it obviously shows that Obamanomics is responsible?

I don’t know. But you know something along these lines is coming.

And then Krugman in the updates catches Rush Limbaugh opening his mouth...

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Man thanks be to Jeebus it is Friday. I am exhausted. It feels like this week has dragged and I have been swamped at work leaving me quite drained. So the overall consensus was that I should a) juice my pecs and b) try teh P90x. We will see. I am not sold I can't do it another way that isn't so extreme, however I want results and from the people I know who tried...they actually did get results. The only bad part will be DRINKING less. Damnit Frank loves his beer, margaritas and wine. This is going to be tough PEOPLE.

Here are your highlights:

The Economy shows growth, but I still don't think Washington, Dems or Repubs are getting it

Whoops: Parking FAIL

Jonah Goldberg makes the worst argument against financial reform, "they have learned their lesson"

The Oil Spill is getting worse. White House smartly retreating their offshore drilling plans

Every Supreme Court Justice nominee will be Risky

Immigration Bill First Look. Here is my issue hunting human beings like animals, referring to any human being as an "alien" and wasting money on a "border force" are thus far some of the sticking points I gather from the "loose" language provided. Enforcing stricter regulations on the companies who employ undocumented immigrants is a welcomed reform. Defining a fair path to becoming a citizen would be a much welcomed reform. More to come when more is actually written.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Texas Law Maker who called Obama "God's Punishment" Wants Arizona like Immigration Laws


State Rep. Leo Berman this week said he's planning to file several immigration-related bills once Texas lawmakers get back to work in January, including one that requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to prove their citizenship to the Texas secretary of state before their names are added to the ballot.

This is similar to one provision in the immigration law recently approved in Arizona.

"We'll do it," said Berman, R-Tyler, and a former Arlington mayor pro tem. "We'll do it from now on. If he can't prove citizenship ... he won't have a place on the Texas ballot."

Berman was referring to President Barack Obama, whose birthplace has been questioned by some since before he took office. Although his campaign produced a birth certificate that shows Obama was born in Hawaii, some speculate that he was actually born in Kenya, where his father lived.

Last weekend, Berman told a crowd in Tyler that he believes "Barack Obama is God's punishment on us today, but ... we are going to make Obama a one-term president," according to a report in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

If this isn't extreme I don't know what is, clearly Gov. Brewer opened up the flood gates for other xenophobic lawmakers. Now they feel it is their patriotic duty to enact discriminatory and Draconian laws. But what I can't still wrap my mind around is where is this all coming from...I mean where...could it it can't...I mean makes sense, could be...most certainly stems from...that it is projected that minorities will be teh MAJORITY?!

Nope. Can't be. I must be naive. I mean all that these good citizens are doing is protecting Uhmerika from illegals which, is be should be unto be, paramount to our liberty! Or something.

In related news, I am buying this t-shirt.

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Papers Please!

In the words of a great friend "EXPOSED!"

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What Atrios Said

Nice people, not so nice.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Anybody done P-90X? Anyone? I need to get in shape hardcore people! Why? It's boating season and this year I am not putting on a bathing suit without definition of my situation. Aight! Ok, not that serious, but eventually it does look to get warmer here in Chi-City and it is time to shed the hibernation weight. In other news WTF CAPITALS?!! Really?!! Are you kidding??!!! Come on!!! Geez la weez. Pfffttt. I think Ovie wanted to take some time off early or something. I guess it is back to rooting solely for the Blackhawks. Oh and did you notice? The Champions League final is set. Inter vs. Bayern Munich. Really pumped for this match. My bro and I will be talking smack till then. BAYERN MUNCHEN!! Wow what a random bunch a babbling I just did.

Here are your highlights:

The Oil Spill in the Gulf is dead serious

Why I love Gawker...headlines like this....Now England has its very own "Joe the Plumber"

Crist an Independent Woman Man

No they aren't extreme, they are ridiculously extreme: Rep. Duncan Hunter says we should deport American-born children of undocumented immigrants. Uhmerika!

Unpack the fainting couch. Digby gives a the Republican a much need serving.

"...forcing everybody to live by rules and customs that privilege your particular perspective is just the natural thing to do" Today in Church-State news


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ninja Thought

Oklahoma trying to one up Arizona in teh crazy department.

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Better than Offshore Drilling

LA Times:

"After careful consideration of all the concerns expressed during the lengthy review and consultation process and thorough analyses of the many factors involved, I find that the public benefits weigh in favor of approving" the project, Salazar said Wednesday in Boston. "With this decision we are beginning a new direction in our nation's energy future, ushering in America's first offshore wind energy facility and opening a new chapter in the history of this region."

The Boston Globe was the first to report the administration's decision Wednesday online.

Federal approval will put Cape Wind in line to become the first U.S. offshore wind farm -- assuming it clears a flurry of lawsuits expected to follow the decision -- and set the stage for similar projects along the East Coast, the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico.

These things take time, in this case nine years, but this is a better direction, then say this...

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Noah's Ark Found Question Mark

No the Onion did not contribute to this piece.

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Gutierrez is Heating Up

Progress Illinois:

Illinois' own Rep. Luis Gutierrez is on bit of a warpath these days. It started back in March, when the Chicago Democrat raised a legitimate stink over the final health care reform bill's restrictions on undocumented immigrants. In the wake of the health care fight, the immigration debate has resurfaced and he is putting increased pressure on his D.C. colleagues to act on comprehensive reform.

On Sunday, Gutierrez traveled to Phoenix to protest Arizona's new draconian immigration law, which essentially institutionalizes racial profiling by requiring police officers to question anyone they "reasonably suspect" of being undocumented. Gutierrez called the measure a "civil rights catastrophe." He even suggested that tourists cancel summer vacations to Arizona in solidarity with the state's Latino population.

More here.

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

I was feeling awful late yesterday. Damn. I think my building spreads teh ebola or teh influenza. Anyway, I had to skip out of Drinking Liberally, hopefully my homies poured a 40 oz. for me. If you follow me on Twitter you would have noticed I was mobbed by Breitbart-bots. Apparently ole Andy can't take a joke and sicks his minions on ya for "insulting" teabaggers. It was fun for awhile, but they honestly live in an alternate universe. Up is down. Down is up. Black is white. White is black. Ninja vanish. It made me wonder are we ever going to get this United States of America right...

Here are your highlights:

Greece and the markets tumble

How bad is it? Hawaii limits Obama birth certificate requests

Shooting bullets into cars to represent firing into anti-freedom policies

Goldman's Time bombs

Mayweather v. Mosley this weekend. The Impact of Victory

The CAPITALS must win!
I don't know what Ovie has been doing, but come on 1st Round? And losing to the Un-American.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Message is Clear

No...and that's about it. The GOP blocks Financial reform cloture vote again.


The motion to reconsider beginning debate on financial reform failed in a vote of 57 to 41.

It hasn't even passed go and they are blocking like Dikembe. This does send a clear message the Republicans loves them some Wall St. Wall St. is toats awesome to Republicans. They practically share beds.

Meanwhile, the new disingenuous argument from the Minority Leader John Boehner is that there is "credibility gap in Washington." Sounds about right, but Boehner goes on, "Democrats are saying one thing and doing something else."

Steve Benen with the takedown:

For one thing, for Republicans to talk about a credibility gap is to lead with their chin. We're talking about a party claims to care about fiscal responsibility, but added $5 trillion to the debt. They claim to be experts on national security, but they bungled two wars and saw 9/11 and other attacks happen on their watch. They claim to know how to use tax policy to grow the economy, but their economic policies produced ruin. They claim to have credible proposals on everything from health care to energy, but their plans quickly fall apart after minimal scrutiny. They claim to hate last year's recovery package, but keep taking credit for stimulus projects they don't believe should even exist. They claim to support reforms of how Wall Street operates, but they won't even allow for a debate on the Senate floor, and seem to be trading obstructionism for campaign cash.

If Republicans really want Americans to consider which party is lacking in credibility, no serious analysis would work in the GOP's favor.

For another, while Democrats are hardly above reproach, questioning their trustworthiness seems like an odd area for criticism. For better or worse, Dems have governed as they said they'd govern. They've fought for the ideas and proposals they said they'd fight for.

Benen goes on to explain the Dems have been pretty much on their word despite not being nearly as progressive as one would like starting with stimulus package, to health care reform, to climate change and now financial reform with immigration reform to follow. The Dems are doing what they said they would, but don't tell that to Boehner it might you know hurt his credibility "argument." And if I were Boehner I wouldn't be so quick to question anyone's credibility.

The obviously bias Wall St. Journal:

Republicans are stepping up their campaign to win donations from Wall Street, trying to capitalize on an increasing sense of regret among executives at big financial institutions for backing Democrats in 2008.

In discussions with Wall Street executives, Republicans are striving to make the case that they are banks' best hope of preventing President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats from cracking down on Wall Street.

Like I said the Republicans love them some Wall St.

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Ninja Thought

One shitty deal after another.

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David F-in Brooks

This is amusing.

Ezra Klein:

Brooks has created a centralized system that works at the behest of government regulators even as he's written a column criticizing Dodd for creating a centralized system that works at the behest of government regulators. It's a bit weird.

I think by now we can all agree David Brooks doesn't contribute anything new to the conversation. He is by definition a Village conservative who simply writes a column to cash a paycheck every week or so. So quit picking on teh guy he is centralisitista of teh Times, it's like blocking every lay up of the 5 foot bballer. Plus Drifty does it better.

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

Tuesday. tuesday. TUESday. Tuesssssday. I think I am getting a cold or am at least battling a cold. I can't seem to warm up and various appendages of mine or aching. I believe it has something to do with Chicago not getting over 65 degrees this last week. Every time I walked out of the door the weatherman would tell me, "sunny with clouds" or "going to warm up later today." My instinct of course was to leave my coat at home. It never WARMED THE FUGG UP and now I feel like I am in Round 6 and it is about time to bite down and throw the immune system haymakers or to sit in my corner and refuse to walk out for the 12th, if you know what I mean. Alas, I must push on as Drinking Liberally is tonight and it is my citizen duty to rage about Ben Nelson with my fellow communist compatriots.

Here are your highlights:

You better watch out, you better not cry. Goldman Sachs is coming to town...

Arizona vandals smear swastika on Capital doors

Redstate still trying really, really hard to pretend the tea baggers don't throw out racial slurs. How long ago was this, jeebus!

Anybody think Offshore Drilling is still a good idea?

Told you Apple was evil

The Dems doing what they want this time with Financial Reform. Yes Ben Nelson sucks, but the good thing is Dems don't even care about him on this one. He won't get a "kickback." The strategy is clear: paint Republicans and any detractors for that matter as WITH Wall St.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Ninja Thought

The Wall St. magic show continues.

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Fact Check This


The problem with media fact checking is that they almost immediately move to "everyone's full of it," while either nitpicking or just trying to make up falsehoods where none exist. They need to highlight clearly false claims that are actually important, instead of making the exercise unhelpful by reaching to find completely unimportant, irrelevant, or even nonexistent falsehoods.

Right. You shouldn't have to fact check facts. I would add one thing that Atrios doesn't mention. Clinton was a Democrat and therefore in the eyes of the established media his presidency had to prove itself legitimate. He spent eight years deflecting nonsense including their obsession with his underpants. The exact reverse applies to Republicans. Example: George W. Bush won and Al Gore was a poor hippie loser. It only makes sense then to see if what ole Billy said was true or not.

This type of narrative is the unfortunate norm for our media, but to even suggest it is considered tempestuous.

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Alexi Giannoulias "Fighter"

With the headlines running, Alexi Giannoulias looks poised to put up a fight. I think this ad is a smart move, in order to gain peoples' trust Giannoulias has to address this head on. In Illinois our choice is either Alexi or Bush-lite. It's not cream of the crop, however Bush-lite aka Mark Kirk would be far worse not only for Illinois, but the country. Steven Benen has more.

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Financial Reform Monday!

No one could have predicted...except Brian Talking Points Memo...

In short:

The Dems blink
A Dem spoiler
They reach a deal
The GOP drops out

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Well that was a long weekend. Really long. My lady was out in Orlando with Mickey and friends and although I stayed busy rocking shows, guitar licks and watching the Super Six tournament, it felt dragged out. I am exhausted and hoping my Dunkin will wake me the eff up. The Super Six this weekend was great. Froch and Kessler both brought a ton of heart and skill to the ring in the end, however I did felt like the right fighter won in Kessler. This week is shaping up to be juicing pecs city! Four weeks until we are heading back to DC for a friend's wedding. You know what the means...Gym, Tan, Laundry.

Here are your highlights:

"Tenthers" getting scarier by the minute

In a show of class. The Simpson give a shout out in support of South Park.

Calling out teh McConnells
. That Krugman is so damn shrill.

TNC explains how Macbeth and hip hop go together

Grapes of Wrath. Climate change is set to ruin teh wine industry.

The paranoia from the Census 2010 has workers going door to door and some won't answer.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Insane in teh Membrane

Going to try to play basketball today, why? Because I am a glutton for punishment and I haven't been able to workout all week making me feel slovenly.

Watching the NFL Draft, the Redskins pick is around the corner, Campbell trade in the mix? Let's hope the kid gets an offensive line he deserves that at least. I love watching the draft as a fan. With each pick we all feel our team is one missing piece away from the Super Bowl. Hail to the Redskins!

Enjoy your Saturday!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Fashion Blogging

I am so incensed about Arizona ignorance law I almost forgot about today's fashion post.

The Sartorialist has been visiting Tokyo recently. He has posted some really cool and hip locals in their day wear. Check them out here. It is nice to see someone promoting Tokyo fashion in a non-Gwen Stefani way.

That's all I got, it's Friday ya'll!

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Arizona Passes Damn Ignorant Immigration Law

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Wonder what they will do about all the businesses that use all teh darnnambit evil aliens every day for labor?

Now this "law" might very well be proven illegal, but man this is some ignorant shit. I can't even wax intelligent about this I am about to RAGE THE EFF OUT old school style. Luckily Center for American Progress has the breakdown, so I can focus and breatheeeeeeee before turning into the Hulk. (h/t Matt Yglesias)

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Man To Be Executed by Firing Squad

Some laws are idiotic. And some laws such as the death penalty are controversial. This, however is archaically dark:

Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad in June after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request for the method, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice.

Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles, a rarely used relic that harkens back to Utah's territorial history.

"I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner told State court Judge Robin Reese Friday morning, after Reese told him his avenues for appeal appear to be exhausted.

Gardner, 49, was sentenced to death for killing an attorney 25 years ago during a failed escape attempt and shootout.

Of the 35 states with the death penalty on the books, Utah is the only one to use the firing squad as a method of execution since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

I understand it is Gardner's "choice", but I find it disturbing "death by firing squad" is an option in the year 2010. What is wrong these people? Of course it is video games and teh devil that are ruining real Uhmerika and making it so gosh darn violent.

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Ninja Thought

Who doesn't watch porn at work? this thing on...

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Last night brought the ruckus. The ladies at RIOT Comedy in Chicago were kind enough to have me and some amazing comics perform. Laughter ensued. I keep telling myself I need to plan better for shows, but alas I didn't have enough time for this one and it still turned out to be fun. I will admit though...the booze probably made me feel that way. LOL. Gotta love coming to work on a Friday after rockin' a show. This weekend, is gonna be pretty chill. My lady is still in Florida, my foot still stings and boxing is on, so I think I will maybe try out a new recipe or a new micro brew. That is about it. I know I am getting old, I have learned to accept that.

Here are your highlights:

Don't Cry for Wall St.

A bailout FOR GREECE

Lt. Col Birther for teh court martial

Stay classy OH Republicans: "Put her in back in the kitchen" to Rep. Betty Sutton

Round 1 NFL Draft
: The good, the bad and the Tebow

Health care reform. Check. Financial reform. Half check. Immigration reform. Check? If you had told me this is how 2010 would look near the end of April, I would have laughed. This know nothing, do nothing, Congress and President might be worth a salt after all...


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Running Out of Material

Media Matters has some recent uploads of Rush and he is apparent he is running out ways to rally the hatriots.

Ex. 1

Ex. 2

Ex. 3

I think the winner, President Barack Obama, might actually be getting to Rush and his brand of hate. This is what we call recycling Rush and it ain't teh type that is good for the Earth.

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Ninja Thought

By the look of my shoes I own a boat.

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Never Enough

Or something...

on Obama's speech to Wall Street :

Is Obama's Wall Street speech supposed to be some kind of Sista Soljah moment? If so, is that a good idea? I suppose it is if you think it's good that people perceive Obama as a friend of bankers who can give them a little scold and they'll feel badly enough to do better.

Oh well, I guess the impression that he's in the belly of the beast telling his friends that they are going to have to change the ways is better than nothing. But I think this would have been more politically useful if he actually went in their faces or if he'd given the same speech before a different audience. This avuncular approach seems more designed to make sure Wall Street doesn't stop donating to the Democratic Party than anything else.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the fuss Wall Street's putting up isn't quite as sincere as one might believe. They don't like it, of course, but they aren't so lost in their arrogance that they don't know on some level that they've gotten off easy. After all, they're still in business, generating billion dollar bonuses. It's all good.

I am not for conspiracy theories, is it just me or is that what she is getting at? What would you have Obama do, burn the place down? I know, I know someone wind up this Obot....before there is a malfunction.

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Update: Chris Hayes's rant makes better sense:

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

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So yesterday was all and all awkward. I had an audition which was rather perplexing. I don't know what to say. I didn't do awful. I didn't do great. I left unimpressed, I will leave it at that. Tonight I have a show at RIOT Comedy in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago. The ladies who run that room were kind enough to ask me back, so I willz be there! Haven't done a non-political comedy show in will be ROCKING. My foot still hurts which means I will be playing guitar from a stool singer/songwriter like, might be fun. We will see. The lady is off to Disney right now. I am not sure what I am going to do...probably grab my britches and suck it up. What did you think Frank was going to go powder puff on ya, HELL NO! Let's do this!

Here are your highlights:

Thousands rally in Springfield, IL for a TAX INCREASE

Our do nothing, sit on his hands, wait for stuff to develop guy-President is going to Wall St. for Financial Reform

Dear South Park, Muslim extremists hate your humor

Bill targets PayDay lenders

Nom nom nom. The Gravy Machine.

Probably the dumbest comment made all year and that is saying a lot. Sue Lowden has doubled down on the "health care bartering system." This is a candidate. For Senate. Harry Reid is losing. To this? Can we just admit constantly nominating the Sarah Palin's of the world is only fun for the first couple of months. Then we get stuck with their circus.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Off the Grid

For now...

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Breaking Up teh Banks

Tim Ferholz of TAPPED has some promising new developments in the Senate:

Senators Sherrod Brown, Ted Kaufman, Robert Casey and Sheldon Whitehouse are introducing a new financial reform bill, the Safe Banking Act of 2010, to limit the size of the banks -- and, in the process, break up existing firms.

Stressing the need for more competition among smaller banks and increased business lending, the senators believe that the largest financial institutions present too much risk to our economy to keep them around. They have the support of the Main Street Alliance, a group of progressive-leaning small business owners who have advocated for strong financial reform and set themselves up in opposition to the Chamber of Commerce.

The bill's central points:

* Imposing a strict 10 percent cap on any bank-holding-company’s share of the United States’ total insured deposits
* Reducing the maximum amount of non-deposit liabilities at financial institutions (to two percent of United States GDP for banks, and three percent of GDP for non-bank institutions)
* Setting into law a six-percent leverage limit for bank holding companies and selected nonbank financial institutions

I will send Chase Bank a mix tape if this passes.

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

So. So. So. SO! I went to the doctor yesterday for what I thought would be routine. I THOUGHT I would just walk in, get a few prescriptions refilled and then out the door I would go. To my surprise, the initial issue I went to the doctor for he didn't have answer for; so I might need surgery I might not, I might have to live with it I might not, I might need to use alien technology I might not. Cool. The worst part as I stated yesterday, I opened my mouth and was like "while I'm here, what's this?" Next thing I know he is inflicting pain on my and I leave in pain with four prescriptions for four different things. Awesome. SO yeah. Today I have an audition. I will be off the map later in day, but till then let's rage the eff on!

Here are your highlights:

Arizona loses its g-d mind

Season is over: T.O. might be headed to the Redskins

Feds investigating Amex usage of "the Golden Boy" Marco Rubio in FL

The Governator loves him some "injuns"

Puerto Rican birth certificates if you got one. It ain't worth anything in July!

Immigration Reform, What Boo Man Says


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Word to the Wise

When you visit the doctor don't ask him to look at something, "just in case". It ends up in regret and a lot of discomfort.

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And Then What

This is disheartening, TPM:

The White House and Senate Democrats have somewhat different talking points, with the White House more focused on the need for swift action, two years after the financial collapse nearly brought down the U.S. economy, and Senate Democrats doing the yeoman's work of drawing a distinction between themselves, and the pro-Wall Street, status quo oriented GOP.

That's not nothing. And maybe the GOP's filibuster will fizzle. If it doesn't, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), the Democrats' top financial reform negotiator, says they'll continue negotiating and bring the bill up for more cloture votes, putting Republicans on the record again and again. But thus far, the response isn't shaping up to be the full frontal assault you might have been expecting.

As Josh Marshall says "Dems apparently have no Plan B." I think this is about right, although you could call "sticking your thumb up your ass" as a viable Plan B...I am sure scolding Republicans if they filibuster will make more people trust our gubbament. Good to know Democrats went from an urgency to pass reform to meh.

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

Today is going to be rather random. I have a doctor's appointment mid-day, so I will be off the grid for quite a while. It is nothing too big, however it will probably take some time as most do. I am hoping there will be painkillers involved and lots and lots of blood...just kidding. Tomorrow I have an audition which means sucky blogging to ensue. I apologize ahead of time. It is no surprise that I am ill prepared, out of my league and oh don't really have my audition piece memorized, AWESOME!!!! Should do great!!! Aw, the musings of a starving artist in Chicago, everything is always on the brink of falling apart around you (sarcmark). I purchased Coheed & Cambria's latest Year of the Black Rainbow, listening to it now \m/ rock the eff on! Insert your own random comments here.

Here are your highlights:

Woohoo more cussing!! Rahm Emanuel wants to run for mayor in Chicago

Redskins might trade 4th pick

How not to get your point across, Gay Rights activists heckle Obama in California. Wrong person to direct rage at people. Gov't 101: pressure members of Congress who have been waffling.

Goldman Sachs hires Gregory Craig for White House Counsel
and here I thought he left the WH over principles...

A well written short piece by Doug Fischer on Edwin Valero's murder-suicide "Shaking his head." (I agree with Doug)

Video Games as Art?

On Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing, Armed Right-Wing Activists Accuse Obama Of Tyranny


Monday, April 19, 2010

Just Picked Up

CHEW #10

I can't wait to read it. I have been with CHEW since day one and it has yet to disappoint me. A special thanks to Comix Revolution in Evanston for keeping the shelves stocked.

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Ninja Thought

Alan Greenspan, the man who knew too little of too much

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Never understood how anyone, for a considerably long time, considered the Drudge Report to be serious. It is clearly the brainchild of a troubled kid, rebelling against his parents on teh internets. I could care less what he does or how bad he does it, but I guess it is important to some because he gets teh hits regardless of how often he is wrong.

Oh and the design is for shite.

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

(this old video makes me laugh)

It was a spectacular and fun filled birthday weekend for my lady. Friday we enjoyed sushi at one of our favorite/around the corner BYOB spots. Saturday we attended the Cubs game. WE HAD AMAZING SEATS! Thanks to the lady's pop we sat near the third base line and we were up and close when McLovin threw out the first pitch. Yeah that's right McLovin was there. (He had lady school girl giggly) During the 5th inning, my final birthday surprise came through, as the lady looked up and saw her name on the jumbotron. She flipped! I will admit it looked cool seeing her name at Wrigley, unfortunately since I was trying to keep it a secret I couldn't snap a picture all incognito. So if you are anyone you know has a pic of the 5th inning stretch jumbotron LET ME KNOW! We then finished the night with drinks and tapas at the famous Cafe Bar-Ba-Ba-Reeba. Delicious! Yesterday was rather chill, but I did treat her to three home cooked meals; my Mexican Scrambled Eggs, a salmon BLT with dill mayo and Spicy sweet Mexican drumsticks. Yes I rocked it Food Network style! All in all it was a successful birthday for my lady and that is all that matters.

Here are your highlights:

Obama is going out on the road, this time for Financial Reform. While the GOP is playing the card of "No"....again

A win for Yahoo: Yahoo beats Feds in E-Mail Privacy

America the Overweight

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Romer gets it, but we ain't doin it. It's Demand, Stupid.


Celebrating guns and domestic terrorism one stripe of liberty at a time

It was an interesting weekend of boxing. As Bute defended his title knocking Miranda out in three rounds. Pavlik was upset by Martinez, but the most shocking news has been the fall of Edwin Valero. Valero just yesterday was placed in jail for the suspected murder of his wife. After many battles in the ring, Valero's life out side of the ring included battles with drug addiction, rumors of domestic violence and a penchant for a wild lifestyle, Valero took his own life last night in his cell. It is a quick and unexpected ending to a champion's triumphant yet tumultuous life. Thoughts go out to his wife's family and his family as well.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Fashion Blogging

In search of the perfect khaki chinos I have been hopping from different retailers and designers. I am still not sold on which one is the best fit for me. I am still not certain what is the best looking chino out there. However, Eunice Lee designer and owner of Unis believes she has nailed it. GQ highlighted Unis and Eunice Lee, a couple of months ago in their "Best New Designers in America" (two of which were Asian-American). The video below includes a short interview with Eunice Lee as she shares her inspiration and love for the chino.

I am eager to try a pair on, I mean who can argue with a woman with an affinity for James Dean? For more on Unis follow their blog.

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Ninja Thought

Goodwin Liu not a model minority.

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Who would have thought? Goldman Sachs Sued by SEC for Fraud

Nothing like a little fraud to open up the flood gates. Goldman Sachs is finally getting their due justice thanks to teh SEC.

Felix Salmon:

With this suit, the SEC has finally uncovered the real scandal behind the Abacus deals. The NYT tried, back in December, but it didn’t quite get to the nub of the story — although Paulson was mentioned in the NYT story as someone who was generally short the subprime market, there was no indication that he played any role in structuring the deals. Neither was there any mention of ACA.

The scandal here is not that Goldman was short the subprime market at the same time as marketing the Abacus deal. The scandal is that Goldman sold the contents of Abacus as being handpicked by managers at ACA when in fact it was handpicked by Paulson; and that it told Abacus that Paulson had a long position in the deal when in fact he was entirely short.

Goldman Sachs has lost more than $10 billion in market capitalization today, in the wake of these revelations. Good. It can go long markets and it can go short markets. But it can’t lie to its clients. That’s well beyond the pale.

About those bonuses gentlemen...

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Malkin's O-Mission

My nemesis's lead post of teh day is of heroic proportions, it is titled "Obama mocks, we remember." She wants tea baggers to know everywhere that Obama is mocking them! Mocking I say!!


President Obama derided the Tea Party activists at a Miami fund-raiser tonight. You keep laughing, chump:

He says he’s been a little amused over the past couple of days when people at the rallies complained about taxes. Quoting the president: “You would think they’d be saying thank you.”

Yeah? Thanks a lot:

She then tells her loyal followers to remember November. Now if you read the Obama quote it is possible you could deduce he might have been mocking tea baggers, but of course his little side is completely different when you read his entire statement. He isn't mocking you, he is mocking the continued misinformation campaign of the Right which feeds nonsense to tea baggers.

President Obama:

So one year later we’ve made progress. The economy is growing again; the markets are rising again; America’s businesses are creating jobs again. One year later more than 2 million Americans, more than 100,000 Floridians are at work today who otherwise would not be there, because of the Recovery Act, because of what Debbie Wasserman Schultz did and Suzanne Kosmas did and Kendrick Meeks did. (Applause.)

And since today happens to be Tax Day -- (laughter) -- I should just point out that one third of the Recovery Act went to tax cuts -- tax cuts that strengthened the cornerstone of the American Dream: working for a living, earning an education, owning a home, raising a family. We cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans, just like I promised we would on the campaign. (Applause.) That made a difference for 7 million families in Florida alone. We cut taxes on small businesses. We cut taxes for students and parents paying for college. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers, more than 128,000 here in Florida. In all, we passed 25 different tax cuts last year. And one thing we haven’t done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year -- another promise that we kept. (Applause.)

So I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes. (Laughter.) You would think they would be saying thank you. (Laughter.) That’s what you’d think. (Applause.)

Now I wonder why Michelle Malkin would leave out that whole 95% of working Americans part? Wonder why she left out the 25 tax cuts part? Hmmmm. I wonder...perhaps it is because her trolls might realize they are mindlessly raging about teh gubbament without merit. Facts don't matter to Michelle Malkin and this is just another post that proves she is nothing, but a paid lackey constantly spewing hate for her ideological zealot overlords.

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Friday = America fugg yeah! Tomorrow the lady and I head to the Cubs game. I am hoping the weather holds up and we can enjoy a day in the sun with brews, brats and baseball. The Cubs couldn't pull the sweep yesterday thanks to Samardzijasuck. But hey it's a long season! No worries from ole Frank till much much much later. In the meantime I will be rooting for my Capitals (as they don't show up ughh), looking forward to the NFL Draft and schedule release and rocking my Art Monk jersey thanks to lady. So yeah, she's a year a older and I couldn't be happier to say that I am one lucky dude. Go Cubs Go! And happy early birthday my Lady!

Here are your highlights:

Obama does the right thing, Orders hospital visitation rights for gay and lesbian couples

Goodwin Liu, the battle begins in the Senate for his confirmation. So far he is guilty of being "librul"

The Fire Next Time Krugman on a tear

Remembering Virginia Tech

Rick Perlstein on the Tax Tea Party
, probably the best explanation about them I have read in quite some time

Motherjones: How Immigration Reform Could Split the Right I don't think the Republicans are quite ready for the hailstorm that is coming there way with this particular legislation. The nativists within the Tax Tea Party and some of their more right wing members would only like to see more guns and locked borders. When the political reality of our country's growing demographics show that if you don't pass meaningful immigration reform. You are setting yourself up for failure for years to come. It's gonna be fun!!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Winning Matters

It is nice to see Democrats learn their lesson from passing Health Care Reform on their own accord. Winning matters in America. We like winners, until of course they are found to be cheaters on the field and or in life. Dodd at this point has nothing to lose, teh least he could do is add meaningful financial reform to his legacy. I would like to see a couple of items in this legislation; stricter regulation in general more particularly the end of derivatives tom foolery, 75% or higher tax on big bonuses and a working Consumer Protection Agency. I doubt we will get that, but this does give me hope that we can get something of merit rather than a magic show.

Steven Benen has more about Financial reform and McConnell's waning support.

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Dana Milbank in teh Village

Gawker spots the D-man flicking off the preposterous notion of "the Rule of Law". The rest isn't pretty. I wonder if he will go cry now on his very large orange and unfunny fat.

Gawker 1 - Milbank 0:

Today in quintessential sentences from The Washington Post's Dana Milbank: "Legal merits aside, trying the terrorist leader in New York would be a political disaster — something everybody seems to grasp but Holder." Hah. Way to tackle the important bit.

Writing columns about complicated matters of justice and law is so easy when you can just put the essential questions "aside" to focus on what you imagine people like you will think of how the issue will eventually be spun to people like you! "Rule of law aside..." "America's Constitution aside..." "The rights of man aside..." "Habeas Corpus and two centuries of jurisprudence aside..." "Morality aside..." Now you're qualified to be a star columnist for the biggest daily newspaper in our nation's capital!

Dana has a good point, too. Why can't this dim bulb Eric Holder understand how it plays, politically, to do the right thing? He is simply not as clever and politically plugged-in as Dana Milbank, funny costume-wearing column-writer for The Washington Post!

Reading the Washington Post has become completely unbearable case in point.

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Ninja Thought

Jonah Goldberg a waste of space

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
A Farewell to Arms
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

Last night was a wonderful evening for the lady and I as we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Topolobampo. I will hold off till later in the day to give my full review, but I will say nom nom nom! This weekend is packed with birthday festivities for the lady. Cubs won yesterday, let's hope for the sweep and the winning ways continue for our visit to Wrigley on Saturday. After much discussion the lady and I can't wait to get a ballpark dog and beer. Mmmmm beeeeeeeeeeeer. Frank at work: Does it make me an alcoholic if I want one right now? I would much rather be at Wrigley right now then at work. Anyone else? Just me? Really? Oh come on people it's Thursday lighten up! End scene.

Here are your highlights:

China earthquake displaces hundreds of thousands. At least 600 dead.

Even Judd Gregg thinks McConnell and Republican rhetoric on financial reform is overdone

Wait wait, Double Down

10 ways for the stinking rich to "share their wealth"

Intriguing post: Majority of trans-racial adoptees consider themselves white

Stream Circa Survive's latest

7,500 people unknowingly sign away THEIR SOULS!!!

Foreclosures surge. Biggest jump in 5 years.
One major fail of the Obama economic team has been their unwillingness to truly address the foreclosure crisis. So much so banks have been parading about their arrogance without consequence. Sadly now it looks to be way too late for many families in America. Mission Accomplished.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Off to Dinner With My Lady

Will report back later...nom nom nom.


Ninja Thought

Ben Bernanke would like to inform you he willfully does absolutely nothing about anything.

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Lt. Colonel Birther

Even if this officer was shown Ba-rock Obamer's birth certificate, I highly doubt he would be satisfied.

Talking Points Memo

A decorated Army doctor who publicly announced last month that he is refusing to follow orders because he believes Barack Obama may be ineligible to be president is now under investigation after failing to report for duty at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, a military spokesman tells TPMmuckraker.

NBC is reporting, citing unnamed military officials, that the Army will court martial Lt. Col Terrence Lakin.

Lakin's case has become an instant cause célèbre for Birthers since he declared in a YouTube video and press release late last month that he would refuse orders to deploy for a second tour in Afghanistan until Obama produces his birth certificate.

According to his bio on the site of the American Patriot Foundation, a Washington based-group that is promoting Lakin, the 18-year Army vet is chief of primary care and flight surgeon for the Pentagon's DiLorenzo Health Clinic and has received the Combat Medical Badge and the Bronze Star.

The case could become a rallying cry for Birther adherents, who are already talking up Lakin as a "martyr" for the cause.

Our country is probably better off without Lt. Col Lakin serving in our nation's military. He is clearly a disturbed individual who needs help and classes on teh internets since Barack Obama's "Constitutional eligibility" was confirmed, oh I don't know YEARS AGO! People like this will never find a Democratic nor a black president legitimate, no matter what you tell them or show them.

Heck, we could invent a time machine (paging Doc and Marty McFly.) Then take that time machine back to August 4, 1961 at 7:24pm Hawaii and let them witness the live birth of the second coming of Satan aka Barack Obama after which they would STILL claim it was a hoax. Someone needs to do genetic research on these people and determine what it is that makes them so damn ignorant, then find a way to block their genetic code from spreading and stop teh stupid.

I hate when Mike Judge is right.

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