Archive for August, 2010


By Leo W. Gerard:

Glenn Beck made it official on Fox News last week: He’s seeking the office of 21st Century Marie Antoinette.

The queen of France, beheaded during the revolution, attained infamy for insensitivity toward hungry peasants. Glenn Beck, the Fox talk show host, achieved celebrity for his callousness toward unemployed Americans.

Beck leads a pack of royalist Republicans who have spent the summer mocking, vilifying and denigrating the nation’s 14.5 million unemployed workers. It is the moneyed class smacking down the working class in an attempt to disempower and disenfranchise them. Dispirited workers are less likely to vote – which could give Beck and his gang of royalist Republicans control of Congress.

The unemployed, like France’s 18th Century peasants, are fighting back. However, The Union of the Unemployed and Working America are organizing the jobless to vote this fall and to demand help from lawmakers. They’re not out to behead Beck and the royalist Republicans, just dethrone them.

Two and a half years after wanton recklessness by Wall Street banksters crashed the economy, the official unemployment rate remains stuck at 9.5 percent. It rises to 17 percent when statisticians add part-time workers seeking full-time jobs and the jobless who’ve abandoned the search out of hopelessness. With the help of a taxpayer bailout, Wall Street has recovered and those banksters are taking home multi-million dollar bonuses again but on Main Street, there still are five unemployed workers for every job vacancy. So no matter how hard the jobless try, there are no openings for 80 percent of them.

Routinely, crowds line up before dawn when job openings are announced. In June, in Longmont, Colo., hundreds queued up to vie for 100 low-paid clerk and stock jobs at a new SmartCo Foods. Hundreds of Louisville residents gathered in the dark on Aug. 9 at the Kentucky Exposition Center to apply for 450 state fair jobs paying $7.25 an hour and lasting a total of 20 days.

In addition to jobs, the people on Main Street are losing their homes and life savings at increasing rates. Bankruptcy filings nationwide reached the highest level in five years between April and June. Banks repossessed 92,858 homes in July, up 6 percent from July 2009. For too many, the situation is so desperate that they’re discussing plans for suicide on an on-line forum for the jobless.

Glenn Beck and the royalist Republicans don’t care about all that. Here’s Beck ranting about those who lose unemployment benefits at 99 weeks:

“Have you heard of the 99ers? These people, some of which I, frankly, I bet you would be ashamed to call them Americans, they think 99 weeks on unemployment benefits are not enough. . . Two years is plenty of time to have lived off your neighbors’ wallets.”

Beck went on to argue that the jobless who protested last week on Wall Street were not “regular people,” like him and his moneyed friends:

“Are they just regular people? . . They are socialists and anti-capitalists.”

Then, incongruously, Beck condemned a protestor seeking jobs for all unemployed workers with a sign asserting, “A job is a right.”

“No, a job is not a right,” insisted Beck, making it clear that in his world, the unemployed are “un-American” for not landing jobs, but, simultaneously, it’s perfectly moral and fair that the American economy has failed to produce enough jobs for them to fill.

Beck is the TV mouthpiece for the royalist Republicans who champion this view: a job is not a right, and it’s not right to aid the jobless. Republicans, virtually as a block, oppose extending unemployment benefits for the jobless while they support extending tax breaks for the moneyed class – themselves. They opposed legislation to save the jobs of 319,000 public servants – the people who educate our children and protect our lives — teachers, police officers, firefighters. Democrats in Congress paid to preserve those jobs  by eliminating $11 billion in tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas — a provision that ultimately could create jobs in the United States.

Like Beck, they’ve announced their loathing for the unemployed. Royalists Sharron Angle, Jon Kyl, Andre Bauer, Tom Corbett and Orrin Hatch have derided the unemployed as lazy, spoiled, stupid drug users.

The jobless, however, are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. They’re organizing. The Union of the Unemployed and Working America and the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO are mobilizing the jobless.

The Union of the Unemployed is launching a “Bite Back” campaign, targeting those in Congress who tried repeatedly to cut off unemployment insurance and other aid to the jobless. “They will never see us coming,” the first Bite Back ad says, “After all, the politicians whose policies destroyed our lives think we’re ‘lazy’ ‘drug users’ and ‘hobos.’ They are counting on us to be docile as lambs and so depressed we’ll stay in bed on election day.”

Working America, whose members are not in unions but align themselves with the political philosophy of the AFL-CIO, plans to organize hundreds of thousands of the jobless across the nation to vote in workers’ interests. Field organizers will ask the jobless to fill out “Help Wanted” petitions to send to their congressmen and senators asking exactly what they’ve done to create jobs and assist the unemployed.

The jobless removing the royalists from their jobs – nothing could be sweeter, unless this revolution also included dispatching Glenn Beck to his unemployment office. 

Cross-posted from The Hill

Lil Wayne Releases new single "Right Above It"

New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne floats on top of the iTunes music charts with his new single “Right Above It”

I’m not really a fan of Lil Wayne but anything done with Drake is an automatic hit. Young Money did well to acquire his talents.

The song itself is a dope and solemn triumph wrapped in all the signature creativity and swagger from Lil Wayne and Drake. Enjoy.

Drake features on the Top 10 for August 2010

Check out some of these cool new tracks I discovered. They are now posted for you to enjoy on the Whatever Blog. The playlist features music from Drake, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and more. Comment to let me know if you enjoyed the music selection or think the playlist can do much better.

Don't Forget to Like The Whatever Blog on Facebook

In the quest to establish a strong hold on the social media and networking era. Kuuku’s Whatever Blog is proud to announce its official launch as a Facebook page.

But you probably couldn’t give a flying rat’s ass about my blog so why should you care? Well, it’s like those Geico commercials where one guy saves a bunch of money on car insurance and the other is left looking like an idiot.  In this case, I’m the one who saved a bunch of money by creating a Facebook page for my blog.

While others are living as the bottom-feeders in this saturated world of social online media- I’m talking about the group of losers following celebrities on Twitter, watching pointless videos on Youtube and  ‘Liking’ too many pages on Facebook.

Well I’m still part of that group but I’m working my way up the latter. Now that I have completely branded my online presence with a signature blog and a Facebook page, I’m definitely sharpshooting to the top of the social media network cesspool. Creating my own wave of influence among others.

Forgive me if I sound like one of those ‘I’m-so-important-because-I-have-a-blog-and-everybody-should-listen-to-what-I-have-to-say’ elites. That’s not the point.

The main point of all of this is that social media and networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and various blogging sites (such as this one) are extremely powerful tools of influence. They have completely shaped the way we communicate and share information online these days. Videos, tweets and all that online stuff can go viral within a heartbeat.

Recently, one of my friends posted  a song called “They” by pop artist Jem on her blog. Coincidentally, this was the song I faintly heard once but could not remember for the life of me since 2004 . Who would have thought I’d discover a song I couldn’t remember forever on a freaking blog. It’s a miracle that’s what.

Another benefit we all gain from these Web sites is that they promote whatever talents or services we have to offer to other users. For example, companies around the world are using Facebook  as extensions of their businesses in order to drive growth, engagement and customer traffic.

Pandora, the popular Internet radio company, creates personalized radio stations for its listeners where they simply enter a favorite artist or song. More than 50 million listeners have registered for Pandora to date and now have an additional tool with which they can share their personalized radio stations and musical discoveries via Facebook. This makes it easier than ever for listeners to build stations, connect with friends, share music discoveries, and make their Pandora experience bigger according to the Facebook Platform Showcase.

In my case, I didn’t create a blog just to blab about what I had for breakfast or journal about my non-existent love life. As a Journalism major, I created this blog to use an as online portfolio and springboard to a potential career in writing.

I want to showcase what I do well and brand myself to potential employers so they gain a strong sense of what I am about. I want to inform others about  what’s going on in the world. I want to share funny stories, good music and other cool stuff through this blog.

And the good news is that we all can do the same, you can take charge and rise on top of all this social media network madness. Like it or not it’s all about keeping up with the Joneses so I challenge you. If you’re an aspiring musician, you have the opportunity to share your songs on your own MySpace music page and be discovered like Mike Posner or become the next YouTube sensation like the Auto the News crew that struck a TV deal with Comedy Central.

Remember, the social media network is your online playground don’t be reluctant to take a swing through it.

Controversy sparks like a roller-coaster falling off its track as U.S. President Barack Obama  made comments about religious freedom over the mosque in Ground Zero. He spoke his mind and as president, he did well to address the issue but now I feel his comments have given Republicans some ammunition to use against the Democrats in the upcoming elections.

With the unforgettable attacks of 9/11 by extremist muslim terrorists, emotions run high at the thoughts of a mosque being built at the same ruins where the nightmare took place.

You can bet the Republicans will make this an issue.However, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the House’s only Muslim member, said Monday morning that he does not think Obama’s remarks during an Iftar dinner at the White House will hurt Democrats in November according to The Hill

“Absolutely not,” Ellison said. “The truth is that we’re a party of principle,” the second-term lawmaker added. “We believe in the idea of religious liberty.”

The Hill also reports that Republicans, however, are largely unified behind the message that while the group in New York City might have the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, they still should not do it.
The following article is from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s endorsement of a controversial plan to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero poured fuel August 14, 2010 on a raging debate over religious freedom and sensitivities over the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims “have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said at an Iftar meal at the White House for Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast late Friday.

That includes “the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan.”

Obama had remained on the sidelines over plans to build an Islamic cultural center, which includes a mosque, two blocks away from the gaping Ground Zero hole where the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001.

But after a New York city commission on August 3 unanimously approved the plans, the president came out to fully support the project.

“This is America,” Obama said, “and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.”

Planners say the multi-story “Cordoba House” will include a mosque, sports facilities, theater, restaurant and possibly a day care, and would be open to all visitors to demonstrate that Muslims are part of their community.

In the remarks Obama acknowledged that the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood remains “hallowed ground,” and that the 9/11 attacks “were a deeply traumatic event for our country.”

The proposed location however has touched raw nerves.

On Saturday the group 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, which represents some relatives of attack victims, said it was “stunned” by the president’s remarks.

Obama “has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see,” the group said.

“Now this president declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must bear another burden. We must stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots.”

Building the mosque “is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah,” the group claimed.

Another group representing other relatives of 9/11 victims, the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, said in May that it “strongly supports” the Islamic center.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll earlier this month showed that 68 percent of Americans opposed the Islamic center plans, while only 29 percent favored them.

Congressman Peter King, who represents New York in the US House of Representatives, said the Muslim community was “abusing” its rights and “needlessly offending” many people.

“It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero,” said King, a Republican. “Unfortunately the president caved in to political correctness.”

Self-described “liberal Muslim” Farzana Hassan, a Canadian, told Fox News on Saturday that she believes the Islamic center’s location is “provocative.”

“This is highly insensitive to the sentiments of the people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks,” said Hassan, who has written books on Islam.

Obama said the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks do not represent Islam.

“It is a gross distortion of Islam,” the president said late Friday. “In fact, Al-Qaeda has killed more Muslims than people of any other religion — and that list of victims includes innocent Muslims who were killed on 9/11.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a US advocacy group, said it welcomed Obama’s “strong support for Muslim religious rights.”

Nihad Awad, a senior CAIR official, said he hoped his remarks “will serve as encouragement to those who are challenging the rising level of Islamophobia in our society.”

Awad also urged “other national political and religious leaders to speak out in defense of the freedom of religion and equality of all Americans.”

One of those reacting Saturday was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I applaud President Obama’s clarion defense of the freedom of religion,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

The proposed site “is as important a test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime,” he said.

Passions over the issue run high across the country.

A Florida church has already said it will hold a “Koran-burning” on September 11 — which this year coincides with Eid al-Fitr, the end-of-Ramadan holiday.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Meet Scott Pilgrim- He’s an unemployed 23-year-old slacker. He loves to play video games. He shares an apartment with his gay and stern roommate Wallace Wells. When he’s not busy slouching about, he’s out rocking as a bass player with his amateur Garage band Sex Bob-Omb.

Pilgrim’s lifestyle suddenly kicks up when he falls for the captivating Ramona Flowers with eclectic colored hair. However, he can only be with her under the condition that he defeats her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

With ex-boyfriends such as Lucas, a leather-clad jerk with super-human strength, Todd the egoistical rock star who plays bass with his psychic powers and Matthew who has mystical powers that allow him to summon demon hipster chicks, there’s no doubt Scott Pilgrim has his work cut out for him.

“Scott Pilgrim is a love story and is a romantic comedy, it has this pop-art feel to it, so the movie starts off in this real world then quickly flowers into something fantastical,” Director Edgar Wright said.

Scott Pilgrim is originally based on the six graphic novels by Canadian award-winning artist Bryan Lee O’Malley. They were first released through August 2004 to July 2010. The novels have even gained more popularity and buzz since the first announcement of the movie version in January 2010.

What’s more pleasing is that the Director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is taking the reigns on this project. If you’re familiar with Wright’s previous works. You can be sure the movie will be insanely intense. The movie is shot with all the comic-book style onomatopoeia and 8-bit heads-up displays that resonates with the classic video-gamer generation.

“The character  is the hero of the movie inside his own head — and this, essentially, is the movie. So it’s kind of a daydream for people who’ve been brought up on Saturday morning cartoons and video games and too many sugary products,” O’Malley said in an MTV interview.

Dedicated fans will be extremely pleased the movie does not completely deviate from the comic book’s presentation and new followers will appreciate the unique style of the film as well.

“Presented in glorious 2 dimensions, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a visual marvel that has depth and texture without relying on the 3D gimmick that dominates the cinema today,” according to David Pinson from News in Film.

I think this a great movie because it has something for everyone to relate to. Those who survived the social pressures of high school and are now going through college. People with daydreams who create  and get lost in their own worlds. Every now and then we like to live in nostalgia. We’ve all had that crush on that one girl or guy we wanted to date but were too afraid to say something because there were other people we thought were better than us.

That’s where Scott Pilgrim comes in and shows that we can overcome our fear and fight for what we really believe in. So be sure to head out on the theaters when it comes out.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World opens on August 13, 2010.

EA Sports Canada is looking to upgrade its annual FIFA Soccer franchise with new gameplay and concepts as usual. These tweaks in FIFA have been either great or absolutely horrid.

But since FIFA 09, FIFA has managed to provide a consistent gameplay experience. However, what was lacking for me in FIFA was its presentation. It never felt like you were at a soccer game because the game lacked a lot of emphasis on the little things.

Now FIFA 11 is trying to step it up once more in terms of gameplay, the visual presentation and emotion with a new gaming feature- Personality+

According to Senior Producer of EA Sports Canada David Rutter, Personality+ determines how individual players will play,  react and move on the pitch. For example, high skilled players will be able to dribble better and take less touches than low skilled players. High skilled players will be able to improvise and pull off bicycle kicks whereas a low skilled player has to uncomfortably turn around to hit the ball.

Personality+ sees a soccer player’s performance on the pitch mirrored authentically in game, differentiated and replicated for every player’s skill-set. New body types and player models will further help identify players. Personality+ at every position on the pitch reinvents how players look, and perform – on and off the ball. Celebrations have been tweaked so  your teammates will interact with you instead of looking on at you like retarded drones when you pull them off.

So when you score a goal with Nani of Manchester United and hold down a specific button, he will perform his signature kick-up backflip. Michael Essien, for example, has a box-to-box trait which means he’ll run like a nutter all match long from box to box – like he does. Wayne Rooney has high defence and high attack work rate, which means he will always try and attack, and he will always try and defend, whereas Berbatov might not. In addition, a new feature that’s been added to FIFA 11 is the new Pro Passing System.

Pro Passing is a new passing system where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Poor decisions or over/under striking the ball will mean error-prone outcomes. New types of passes such as swerve passes will enable players to make a safer and more effective play. This will forever rid the cheap  and unskilled strategy of “ping-pong passing” behind last year’s FIFA 10.

“Pro passing combats ping-pong passing, where people just press pass, pass, pass to easily get up the field. So you will have to think about how you’re going to build up the play. You will have to  weight your passes a little bit better or they will be underhit or overhit,”  according to FIFA 11’s Creative Director Gary Paterson.

The new changes seem like a great idea and I hope they add more substance to the upcoming title. Especially with Personality+, which will make the game more realistic and  will provide a more authentic soccer experience. Those complaining about how the new features take the fun out of FIFA should play FIFA Street or Pro Evolution Soccer. For FIFA 11 is all about real soccer simulation.

FIFA 11 will hit shelves in North America on September 28, 2010.

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United have some problems on their hands. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is injured for a full six months before the start of the 2010/11 Premier League Season. In addition, Rumors of Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic wanting to leave the club for Real Madrid keep emerging and have the club unsettled at the dresser. Wayne Rooney can’t seem to shake off his no-show performance at the 2010 World Cup and is in a complete wreck. Is that why people are saying Manchester United are destined to finish outside the Top 4 or is it just plain jealousy of Manchester United’s success?

I just watched another episode of the Football Spy from the UK and there were some really interesting views on Man U. Believe it or not, Man U will finish outside the Top 4. But in all honesty, I can’t fathom that. Since the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have never finished lower than 3rd place. They are consistent and one of the best sides in the EPL.

Even as an Arsenal fan, the thoughts of Man U finishing outside the Top 4 are ridiculous. That’s like saying Wayne Rooney could win in a beauty pageant (No offense Rooney)

So you may not like Manchester United but don’t deny the fact that this is a team that has won many titles and is draped in historical success. Rather focus on your own team and cheer them on in the 2010/11 Premier League Season. In this case, it’s Arsenal that I have down for the title. Go Gunners!

Will Fernando Torres stay with Liverpool? Will Barcelona pry Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal’s grip? Can Machester City and Inter Milan reach an agreement for the talented Balotelli?

There are too many skeptical rumors spreading around about the latest transfers. But the Football Spy from the UK has got all the credible and legit scoops regarding club transfers, players, teams and the Premier League. Video from footytube.com

Enjoy.

Arsenal lifted the Emirates Cup once again on August 1, 2010

A 3-2 win over Celtic FC at Emirates Stadium secured the trophy for the third time in four years with Carlos Vela, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri all on the scoresheet. However, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere won man of the match.

The major pots are Arsenal’s priority of course and they would no doubt swap the Emirates Cup for the Premier League or Champions League next May.

But it’s nice to win any trophy and Arsenal enjoyed the moment after the final whistle blew.