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Irrelevant Crap: The Best And Worst Of 2013

by Doctor RJ @ Daily Kos…..

I love lists. There’s something so human about trying to file, index, and number things. There’s an absurdity to it, but that’s half the fun. They’re either good lists that are interesting, or they’re terrible lists which provoke argument over what people feel are either an unwarranted inclusion or errant omission. So win-win. So let’s throw these topics on the table for discussion:

  • Best and Worst Films in 2013?
  • Best and Worst Television Shows in 2013?
  • Best and Worst in Music for 2013?

Looking back at pop-culture in 2013, it’s a hard year to categorize for having a prevailing trend that was significant across all genres. While there was a good amount of twerking, selfies, and hashtagging going on, some long-term trends in the various mediums continued. For example, in the music industry, the shift from retail sales to online digital downloads continued. However, overall sales of tracks and albums have been trending down, with some speculation that online streaming from music services like Pandora andSpotify may be responsible. Similar long-term shifts and trends can also be seen in other entertainment industries. Last week Daily Kos’ very own Susan Gardner (aka SusanG) recommended to me the book Viewing America: Twenty First-Century Television Drama by Christopher Bigsby, where one of the main themes is the shift of talent towards television as the entertainment medium to discuss serious issues through art. TV was once viewed as a “wasteland” where film actors, screenwriters, and directors would be taking a step down in their career to do a TV show. In fact, a lot of TV actors wanted to escape their television jobs to do “serious” work in movies. Fast forward to the present, and television is now seen as the place where stories can be given enough time to develop thoughtful analysis of characters, themes, and exhibit commentary on various societal and political issues. And the trend in movies since the 1980s is towards blockbusters that are largely either action films and/or family movies. Of the top 10 grossing films for 2013, 8 were either sequels or prequels, 6 could be categorized as action movies, and all of the top 5 were either animated, based on comic-book characters, or specifically intended for young adults/children. Follow beneath the fold for more …. Continue Reading

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December 31, 2013 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Looking back at 2013…..Daily Kos

by Doctor RJ @ Daily Kos…..

I love lists. There’s something so human about trying to file, index, and number things. There’s an absurdity to it, but that’s half the fun. They’re either good lists that are interesting, or they’re terrible lists which provoke argument over what people feel are either an unwarranted inclusion or errant omission. So win-win.

So let’s throw these topics on the table for discussion:

  • Best and Worst Films in 2013?
  • Best and Worst Television Shows in 2013?
  • Best and Worst in Music for 2013?

Looking back at pop-culture in 2013, it’s a hard year to categorize for having a prevailing trend that was significant across all genres. While there was a good amount of twerking, selfies, and hashtagging going on, some long-term trends in the various mediums continued. For example, in the music industry, the shift from retail sales to online digital downloads continued. However, overall sales of tracks and albums have been trending down, with some speculation that online streaming from music services like Pandora andSpotify may be responsible.

Similar long-term shifts and trends can also be seen in other entertainment industries. Last week Daily Kos’ very own Susan Gardner (aka SusanG) recommended to me the book Viewing America: Twenty First-Century Television Drama by Christopher Bigsby, where one of the main themes is the shift of talent towards television as the entertainment medium to discuss serious issues through art. TV was once viewed as a “wasteland” where film actors, screenwriters, and directors would be taking a step down in their career to do a TV show. In fact, a lot of TV actors wanted to escape their television jobs to do “serious” work in movies. Fast forward to the present, and television is now seen as the place where stories can be given enough time to develop thoughtful analysis of characters, themes, and exhibit commentary on various societal and political issues. And the trend in movies since the 1980s is towards blockbusters that are largely either action films and/or family movies. Of the top 10 grossing films for 2013, 8 were either sequels or prequels, 6 could be categorized as action movies, and all of the top 5 were either animated, based on comic-book characters, or specifically intended for young adults/children.

Follow beneath the fold for more ….

Continue Reading

December 31, 2013 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Political Roundup for July 27, 2012….Red Racing Horses

by: Ryan_in_SEPA

Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 08:00:00 AM EDT

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Attack Ads: Despite spending $100 million on attack ads, the presidential campaigns and allies have little to show for their spending spree.  Public opinion polls have shown little to no movement over the last few months despite the ad onslaught.

Electoral College Tie:  CNN has two good articles on the possibility of a tied Electoral College and how it is quite possible. CNN also provides 8 possible ways for the Electoral College involving some very plausible combinations of states.  Click here to view the maps.

You Didn’t Build That: Four words (well technically five depending how you count) are hurting President Obama’s campaign as they have become a favorite attack of Republicans and the Romney campaign.  Here is a breakdown of how it is hurting Obama.

Rubio-Giuliani: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has came out in favor of nominating Senator Marco Rubio for Vice-President.  Giuliani believes Rubio would be the strongest fit for Romney and for the GOP’s future.

Gun Control: President Obama has opened up on the gun control issue and Democrats are taking cover.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to enter the political minefield brought up by the President as he refused to discuss any attempts to bring forward gun control legislation next year and said the Senate already has a full schedule this year.

African-American Turnout: Democrats are worried about African-American turnout in Pennsylvania.  Specifically they fear high unemployment and the new voter ID law will cause African-American turnout to be lower than in 2008. I tend to disagree with this analysis.  African-Americans turned out in 2010 in Pennsylvania at near 2008 numbers.

Pentagon Cuts: Four days before the presidental election, tens of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees will receive layoff notices if the fiscal cliff is not addressed.  This is electorally significant as a disproportionate number of the notices will be sent to Florida and Virginia residents.

More….

July 27, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Rush cries ‘voter suppression’ – creative little shit, isn’t he…Whatever Works….

 

In what may be the most breathtaking turn-it-on-its -head moment in political rhetoric, Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday claimed that the Obama campaign and all Democrats and all the pollsters and all the media are conspiring to suppress the Republican vote.

Here’s how it works. Diabolical pollsters ask questions in a dishonest fashion designed to show Obama leading. The media publish and pushes that narrative. The campaign seizes upon this (of course they’re actually behind it but that’s hidden behind an impenetrable veil of secrecy financed by George Soros and Warren Buffet) and it gloats. All of this combines to discourage Romney voters who are made to think there’s just no point in voting since Obama is sure to win.

Presto! Voter suppression.

He’s a marvel he is.

 

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Political Roundup for July 26, 2012…Red Racing Horses

 
by: Ryan_in_SEPA
President

Romney/Bush/Rubio: Jeb Bush has urged Mitt Romney to select Florida US Senator Marco Rubio to be his vice presidential choice.  Bush has been making the push in public and private as of late, but ruled out himself being a candidate for vice president.  He recently admitted he should have ran for president this cycle.

More Romney/Rubio: In light of the Aurora shooting, the Romney campaign has cancelled the campaign visit featuring Marco Rubio.  While the Colorado visit has been cancelled, Rubio intends to still appear at a Las Vegas event.

Christie: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he would be interested in running in 2016 if Mitt Romney does not win in 2012 or elects to not serve a second term.  Christie has been courted for vice president, but interest has waned as of late apparently over a personality difference with Romney.  Who would have suspected.

O’Malley: Speaking of 2016, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has set up a federal PAC.  The Democratic Governor of Maryland is viewed as a favorite of progressive members of the party who are looking for a candidate to run in 2016.

Obama/Leaks: The Obama campaign seems to be on the defensive and changing its story regarding the leaking of classified information.  Senior campaign advisor David Axelrod said on Morning Joe that President Obama did not leak the information or authorized its leak.  This is a change in the White House’s previous stance that nothing was leaked from the White House.

Portman: Ohio US Senator Rob Portman is considered to be near the top of Mitt Romney’s short list for vice president, but even if he is not selected, he will be a valuable asset in the Senate.  Portman has a strong relationship with several moderate Democrats and could be a key ally for Romney in any budget deal.

North Carolina:  Is North Carolina trending right again or is still a competitive battleground? The Romney campaign is treating it as a Republican leaning state while the Obama campaign seems to still think its in play.  While I think Romney wins North Carolina, I am not sure it is completely in the bag.

Polling: The Hill provides an interesting analysis on the obscene nature of the amount of polling the Obama campaign is performing especially during June.

Enthusiasm: Republican voters have opened a significant enthusiasm gap over their Democratic counterparts.  Democratic Enthusiasm is lower than in 2004 and 2008 while Republican Enthusiasm is in line with 2004 and substantially higher than 2008.

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

 

It’s been 31 months since the Politicaldog101 was born….

And we are Proud to announce that we’ve gone past 1 Million hits with BOTH sites combined….

As I type this we have 1,002,059 ‘hits’……

We started as Politicaldog101 on the WordPress system….

After a year we moved to a self hosted site to enable us to do more things and have more control over the look and feel of the site….

The transition was messy and we thought we had lost some of our early data….

But a few months later WordPress brought back the original site as jamesb.101.wordpress.com so here we are as TWO site’s…..

Thru the magic of computer data…

And a truly magic webmaster the Politicaldog101.com site actually now has the complete data…

But what the heck!

Two’s better than One , right?

I want to say thank you to a lot of people and places…..

First to WordPress which provides the wonderful vehicle for these sites to operate in…

I want to thank the techs at Hostmoster, Site5 and Hostgator for their help in getting an old dog thru the last 31 months….

I want to thank our first webmaster Sebastian  for his help SRS…..

And I want to thank Amy Gelfand for her help these days in listening to me and tightening up the look of the present site…..

I want to take the time to say thanks to our Dog Pac regulars who help me get thru the days and nights at this place….

Zreebs, SE, DSD, Jack, Daniel, Brandon, mac, Dave MacCadam, Corey, CD, Terry and some of the others along the way including….

Keith, Illinois Jim, bdog and T&P……

My thanks is also for ALL those one time visitors that I know are out there but don’t write in their thoughts….

Of course I thank my wife for all the patience with an ole’ Dog that labors downstairs in the basement EVERYDAY!….

We hope that you all enjoy this place and keep coming back for more….

We have a busy month or two upcoming and a Presidential Election , House Elections and many more come November 6 , 2012…

I look forward to sharing the run up to these elections with everyone…

It’s a GOOD Ride folks….

Keep it going!

The Dog……

Politicaldog101.com…..   854,377   Hits

jamesb101.wordpress.com…..   147,682   Hits

From Politicaldog101….

March 1, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Politicaldog101 and jamesb101.wordpress.com Have MORE Than ONE MILLON Hits!

 

It’s been 31 months since the Politicaldog101 was born….

And we are Proud to announce that we’ve gone past 1 Million hits with BOTH sites combined….

As I type this we have 1,002,059 ‘hits’……

We started as Politicaldog101 on the WordPress system….

After a year we moved to a self hosted site to enable us to do more things and have more control over the look and feel of the site….

The transition was messy and we thought we had lost some of our early data….

But a few months later WordPress brought back the original site as jamesb.101.wordpress.com so here we are as TWO site’s…..

Thru the magic of computer data…

And a truly magic webmaster the Politicaldog101.com site actually now has the complete data…

But what the heck!

Two’s better than One , right?

I want to say thank you to a lot of people and places…..

First to WordPress which provides the wonderful vehicle for these sites to operate in…

I want to thank the techs at Hostmoster, Site5 and Hostgator for their help in getting an old dog thru the last 31 months….

I want to thank our first webmaster Sebastian  for his help SRS…..

And I want to thank Amy Gelfand for her help these days in listening to me and tightening up the look of the present site…..

I want to take the time to say thanks to our Dog Pac regulars who help me get thru the days and nights at this place….

Zreebs, SE, DSD, Jack, Daniel, Brandon, mac, Dave MacCadam, Corey, CD, Terry and some of the others along the way including….

Keith, Illinois Jim, bdog and T&P……

My thanks is also for ALL those one time visitors that I know are out there but don’t write in their thoughts….

Of course I thank my wife for all the patience with an ole’ Dog that labors downstairs in the basement EVERYDAY!….

We hope that you all enjoy this place and keep coming back for more….

We have a busy month or two upcoming and a Presidential Election , House Elections and many more come November 6 , 2012…

I look forward to sharing the run up to these elections with everyone…

It’s a GOOD Ride folks….

Keep it going!

The Dog……

Politicaldog101.com…..   854,377   Hits

jamesb101.wordpress.com…..   147,682   Hits

From http://www.politicaldog101.com/

 

March 1, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Navy SEAL’s are looking to add More Diversity to its ranks…

 

Well look at this….

The SEAL’s have come to see that white guys with steel eyes and crew cuts aren’t gonna be TOO hard to spot and ID as Special Operators in Africa or Asia…

I comment the Navy for getting on the ball and reaching out for MORE diversity in the Special Operations ranks…

It can only Help the units….

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The homepage of the SEALs’ recruiting website

In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy’s SEALs have exactly the opposite problem – they’re overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. So they’re trying to do something about it.

It’s a fundamental challenge in a democracy with an all-volunteer force: recruits may be drawn from all segments of society, but elite military units – and none is more elite these days than the SEALs, following their dispatch of Osama bin Laden last May – tend to draw from small pools of talent. For the SEALs, that includes athletic young men who are smart and good in the water. For whatever reason, that has led to an overwhelmingly white SEAL force.

Say the SEALs:

Gaps exist in minority representation in both officer and enlisted ranks for Special Warfare operators. Diverse officers represent only ten percent of the officer pool (for example, African Americans represent less than 2% of SEAL officers). Diverse enlisted SEALs account for less than twenty percent of the total SEAL enlisted population. Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves. This contract initiative seeks effective strategies to introduce high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in Naval Special Warfare.

The SEALs are considering hiring help to attract thousands of “minority males in the 16–24 year-old target age range” to become SEALs. “This contract will create a mechanism to enhance Naval Special Warfare’s ability to conduct outreach, raise awareness, mentor, and increase self-selection to a career as a SEAL within minority communities,” a recently-posted draft contract solicitation says.

The Navy isn’t seeking only black SEALs: “Challenges for minority recruitment also exist in the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Native American, and Arab American populations among others,” the announcement notes. “Given shifting demographics, these gaps in representation need to be corrected to ensure continued access. There are sustainment, societal, educational, and operational drawbacks to failing to correct this disparity.”

Ain’t that the truth. U.S. special operators have long acknowledged they face challenges mixing in with foreign populations because they look so American. The SEALs acknowledge as much: “Traditional SEAL Team demographics will not support some of the emerging mission elements that will be required,” it says.

Two pictures highlight the challenge:

On the cover of the latest issue of Newsweek are 10 SEALs. All of them appear to be Caucasian. That’s the reality.

But when you go to the SEALs’ recruiting website, there are only two SEALs. Both of them appear to be African-American.

That’s the desire…..

More…

From Politicaldog101.Com…

 

February 27, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Politicaldog101 completes its Second Year!

Yea….

It’s been 730 days since the Politiocaldog101 started as a WordPress Blog!

What a journey……

 

From putting together the basics to running this self-hosted site…

It has been and continues to be a blast!

It has taken me further on the net then I ever thought this place would go….

Over 660,000 hits and still counting…..

 

And I am grateful for the regulars who come here just about everyday and comment, argue, post and help me be better….

I want to also thank Sebastian for SRS, wherever he is, for the theme help….

 

I’ve also made friends a few other bloggers that I visit regularly and feature….

I look forward to the upcoming Primaries and Presidential Election which we will be covering extensively here at the Dog….

 

Finally….. I want thank the wife for being patient with her husband pounding away on down stairs on the computer everyday while listening with one floppy ear to her…..

 

Thank You….

From the bottom of my heart to to tip of my wet nose…..

Keep it coming!

The Dog….

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July 24, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

The Truth……Keith…..

The economy grows when the government spends money — period. Infrastructure projects are good for short term employment and the long term health of our nation’s transportation system. Republicans find deficits only when Democrats are in the White House. How many hot checks did GWB write throughout his long, long eight years in the White House — for wars of choice and unfunded medicare beneftis (just to mention a few) without a peep from the Republicans here.

It is tough to hold sensible political discussions with folks who believe “everyone in Cambridge hates the cops” or who say things like “politics ain’t fair.” In fact, it is impossible. Actually that may be one of the reason why we have the current crop of insane folks running the House of Representatives. People are just too myopic to see that forest as they look for those radioactive grains of sand in the desert, and would rather vote their sillly prejudices than vote for the greater good (wouldn’t want to give the other guy an advantage — especially the black boy in the White House). If the Speaker wants to play chicken with the world economy in an attempt to get back the White House when a worldwide recession starts –then so be it.

Keith….

From Politicaldog101….

May 10, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment