CMB Music: Ghostland Observatory – “Sad Sad City”   Leave a comment


…if you’ve never heard Ghostland Observatory, then you simply don’t know what you’re missing…just saying. ;)

Posted July 23, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Stripping Russia of World Cup 2018? Germany makes the argument   Leave a comment


For all the talk of Russia possibly being stripped of the 2018 World Cup, here’s another question: what the hell was FIFA thinking awarding Russia the 2018 World Cup in the first place?

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

With unrest in the Ukraine magnifying this week after the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17, the Guardian is reporting that German politicians have raised the possibility of stripping Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

The shouts come from several members in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative party after Western countries blamed pro-Russian separatists for shooting down the aircraft and killing 298 people.

With the European Union contemplating harsh economic sanctions on Russia it is now Germany’s belief that removing Russia’s right to hold the soccer tournament could be an even more impactful move.

Michael Fuchs, deputy head of the conservative bloc in the German parliament, told Handelsblatt Online that “Fifa should think about whether Moscow is an appropriate host if it can’t even guarantee safe airways.”

Removing the tournament from Russia is also a move Germany favors because they argue that economic sanctions on Russia could be difficult to implement due to…

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Posted July 23, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

Is There A Sister Souljah Moment In Hillary’s Future?   Leave a comment

There’s an interesting article over at Crooks & Liars about the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and for what its’ worth, I think the premise is a sound one. Ever since Bill Clinton denounced rapper Sister Souljah’s remarks following the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles back in 1992, every presidential campaign, it seems, has had one of these moments or two where a presidential candidate basically throws his political allies under-the-bus for the benefit of the chattering classes in D.C.…I mean, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama had their own examples in their respective presidential campaigns and it wouldn’t surprise me if Hillary does the same thing during the 2016 campaign…assuming she runs for president, that is.

Now, you ask, what kind of moment would it be? Well, think about it for a of the biggest criticisms of the Hillary for President bandwagon has been her willingness to cozy up to Wall Street, which – to be fair – is something both parties do…but its’ almost de rigueur on the Republican side; conversely, there are a lot of Democratic interests that look at Wall Street and the moneyed interests in the same manner that plague survivors probably looked upon the dead in Middle Ages-era Europe. Throw in some of her husband’s more infamous economic legacies – NAFTA, welfare reform, the repeal of Glass-Steagall - and you start to get an idea of the reluctance that progressives have for Hillary Clinton.

So what would a Sister Souljah moment for Hillary Clinton look like? Well, it could look something like this (quoting Crooks & Liars):

So imagine Hillary going to a Goldman Sachs gathering of 100 moguls at the Conrad Hotel in lower Manhattan and proclaiming not, as reported, “that we all got in this mess together in this together,” but rather, with Lloyd Blankfein seated beside her: “Banks that are too big to fail are too big to exist. They aren’t disciplined by the market, and can intimidate their regulators. This offends the very core of America’s free enterprise system, and our basic sense of fair play. It is time to break them up.”

Or alternatively, if not Wall Street, perhaps America’s biggest employer. Hillary could go to a Walmart shareholders meeting in Bentonville, and speaking from the floor as a former board member, warn that “the Walmart low road model – based on paying its employees so little that they have to rely on food stamps and Medicaid, and on outsourcing from China – is unsustainable. Our rival Costco has proved that we can be profitable and still provide good jobs with decent wages and benefits to our employees. And our nation must end its massive trade imbalances with China, which will put Walmart’s supply chain at risk. For the good of the company and the good of the country, it is time for a change.”(Crooks & Liars)

Would there be benefits to Hillary’s campaign if she were to do the above? You bet…several: (1)it would fire up the progressive base of the Democratic base, (2)it would also suck all the wind out of the sails of potential challengers such as Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (though in Warren’s case one suspects she would be smiling at Hillary’s words), (3)it would also erase the unseemly stigma of all those $200k speaking engagements that Hillary’s done over the years and (4)it would also make it very clear to working-class voters whose side she was on.

Preseason: US tour schedule for every Premier League team heading Stateside   Leave a comment

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

With just one month to go until the opening day of the 2014-15 Premier League season, all 20 teams are in the thick of their preseason preparations.

That includes nine PL squads who are heading Stateside.

[RELATED: 2014-15 PL TV schedule]

[WATCH: Liverpool, Man Utd. on Live Extra]

Almost half the league are heading over to the U.S. this summer to play friendlies and work on their fitness, as a grueling nine month campaign lies ahead.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion are all heading to North America.

Below there are full details on where you can catch their games, as you can see the PL stars up close and personal.

At PST we will be providing plenty of updates on how all nine Premier League teams get on over the next few weeks while they are Stateside…

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Posted July 23, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Jamie N. Commons & X Ambassadors – “Jungle”   Leave a comment


…is it safe to say that I really, really, love this song… :)

Posted July 22, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Report: Toto Wolff speaks out against F1′s double points finale   Leave a comment


‘Bout damn time someone publicly told the Troll (i.e. Bernie Ecclestone) where to put his asinine double points idea…

Originally posted on MotorSportsTalk:

Considering his two drivers are likely the only ones with a shot at this year’s FIA Formula One World Championship, to hear Mercedes commercial boss Toto Wolff speak out against the double points season finale in Abu Dhabi is very interesting.

But his comments are now in the public sphere. Speaking to Autosport, Wolff called out Bernie Ecclestone and FOM without referring to them by name in terms of ramming the double points through.

“I don’t think it is fair and I don’t think we should have done it,” Wolff said. “But the commercial rights holder, who takes the sponsorship and cares about the TV audiences, said we need to keep the excitement until the last race, and it looks like he was right. I would be very surprised if it [the title battle] wouldn’t come down to double points.”

The ideal situation to avoid the double points playing a…

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Posted July 22, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

Grandpa Surprises Everyone With Age-Defying Dance Moves, Proves You’re Only As Old As You Feel   Leave a comment


Wow…just simply wow. :)

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

This is a feel good moment…enjoy!

The Huffington Post

When this elderly man’s song comes on, nothing can hold him back.

Not only does he cut a rug so fiercely that he has to throw off his canes, but see around the 1:50 mark how this stud muffin dances with not one, but two ladies. It just goes to show that age is a state of mind, and you’re never too old to bust some serious moves.

Get it, grandpa!

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Posted July 22, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized


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