Friday, February 26, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for February 26, 2010....

Snowbound again, and totally through with it! It's time for spring! Actually, it's time for my top tunes for the week. This week Lady Gaga spends another week on top, while French rock band Phoenix (pictured above) make a big move in the top-10. Former big hits by Plumb, Dierks Bentley, Kings Of Leon, Green River Ordinance, and Uncle Kracker drop out, while Lady Gaga & Beyonce, Adam Lambert, and Pearl Jam make the biggest jumps. Link-O-Rama is back in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists to go to their website. Cupcakes are ready!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bad Romance - Lady GaGa (1)
2. Someday - Rob Thomas (2)
3. Kings & Queens - 30 Seconds To Mars (3)
4. Fireflies - Owl City (5)
5. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (6)
6. 1901 - Phoenix (10)
7. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (9)
8. One Love - David Guetta f/Estelle (8)
9. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (13)
10. Breakeven - The Script (14)
11. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (11)
12. Uprising - Muse (12)
13. Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner (15)
14. White Liar - Miranda Lambert (4)
15. Soldier Of Love - Sade (16)
16. Russian Roulette - Rihanna (21)
17. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas (7)
18. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (18)
19. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (20)
20. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (22)
21. If You Only Knew - Shinedown (17)
22. According To You - Orianthi (31)
23. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (19)
24. The Truth - Jason Aldean (24)
25. Why Don't You Love Me? - Beyonce (26)
26. Heartbreak Warfare - John Mayer (28)
27. Break - Three Days Grace (30)
28. Replay - Iyaz (32)
29. Push N Pull - Noferini & Marini f/Sylvia Tosun (29)
30. Fight For You - Morgan Page (34)
31. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (38)
32. Rain - Anjulie (36)
33. Did It Again - Shakira (35)
34. Hard - Rihanna (42)
35. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys (25)
36. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (33)
37. Life After You - Daughtry (39)
38. Tik Tok - Ke$ha (44)
39. Bodies - Robbie Williams (47)
40. Ain't Leavin' Without You - Jaheim (46)
41. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (41)
42. On The Floor (Oh Baby Please) - Kaylah Marin (50)
43. Come Back Clean - Crystal Method f/Emily Haines (43)
44. Back Against The Wall - Cage The Elephant (49)
45. You Are - Tony Moran f/Frenchie Davis (57)
46. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (51)
47. (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer (27)
48. It Kills Me - Melanie Fiona (60)
49. Telephone - Lady GaGa f/Beyonce (84)
50. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (55)
51. Just Breathe - Pearl Jam (66)
52. Hot - Inna (54)
53. Savior - Rise Against (53)
54. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (56)
55. Two Is Better Than One - Boys Like Girls f/Taylor Swift (62)
56. Heavy Cross - The Gossip (48)
57. 'Til Summer Comes Around - Keith Urban (61)
58. Highway 20 Ride - The Zac Brown Band (63)
59. Make Me - Janet Jackson (45)
60. Your Decision - Alice In Chains (75)
61. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (59)
62. Syndicate - The Fray (77)
63. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (81)
64. Revolver - Madonna (76)
65. Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song) - Toby Keith (69)
66. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (58)
67. Temporary Home - Carrie Underwood (74)
68. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (70)
69. Fresh Out The Oven - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (67)
70. Fancy Free - Sun (DEBUT)
71. American Saturday Night - Brad Paisley (73)
72. Rain - Creed (68)
73. The Power Of Music - Kristine W. (DEBUT)
74. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart - Alicia Keys (88)
75. Fearless - Taylor Swift (79)
76. Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You - Kellie Pickler (78)
77. That's How Country Boys Roll - Billy Currington (80)
78. Hurry Home - Jason Michael Carroll (82)
79. Wonderful - Billie Myers (93)
80. Today - Gary Allan (85)
81. A Little More Country Than That - Easton Corbin (83)
82. Acappella - Kelis (DEBUT)
83. I Am - Mary J. Blige (DEBUT)
84. Drama Queen - Simone Denny & Barry Harris (64)
85. You & I - Medina (97)
86. Keeping Score - Hannah (92)
87. Don't Stop Believin' - "Glee" Cast (87)
88. Hillbilly Bone - Blake Shelton f/Trace Adkins (90)
89. You Run Away - Barenaked Ladies (DEBUT)
90. American Honey - Lady Antebellum (94)
91. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (91)
92. Again - Flyleaf (100)
93. Superman Tonight - Bon Jovi (DEBUT)
94. Outside My Window - Sarah Buxton (95)
95. Keep On Lovin' You - Steel Magnolia (99)
96. Secret Love - Kim Sozzi (96)
97. Remember - Lucas Prata (DEBUT)
98. Beer On The Table - Josh Thompson (DEBUT)
99. Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas (DEBUT)
100. Dingue Dingue Dingue - Christophe Mae (DEBUT)

This week ten new songs enter my chart. The highest is by singer Sun, the moniker for Ho Yeow Sun, who hails from the Southeast Asian nation of Singapore, an island country of about 5 million people squeezed onto under 300 square miles, making it the second most densely populated independent countries in the world. Sun went from a position in the evangelic City Harvest Church to a wildly successful music career in Asia. In the last decade, she crossed over to America, scoring five big dance club hits, with four making #1 ("One With You", "Without Love", "Ends Of The Earth", and "Gone") between 2004 and 2006. Her latest single is another remixed dance number called "Fancy Free"...



Next up is another singer with success on the Dance chart, and how. Kristine W. is originally from the state of Washington, where she represented as a beauty pageant contestant at the 1982 Miss America contest. She didn't win, but she's gone on (with a help from a loyal gay following - imagine that!) to place 14 of her fifteen singles at #1 on Billboard Club chart - with the only other one she released, "I'll Be Your Light" coming up at #2 (damn you Beyonce!). Her latest is shooting towards that goal, and it's the sixth single and title track from her latest album, The Power Of Music. A kick-ass video for a kick-ass song...



The third debut is also a dance track, and it's by R&B singer Kelis. The New Yorker was originally an underground find from her banshee anthem "Caught Out There", from her debut album Kaleidoscope, but then followed that with a sophomore effort that wasn't even released in the States. It wasn't until 2003 where Kelis hit gold, as the song "Milkshake" brought the whole world to the yard, to the tune of 2,000,000 copies of her third album, Tasty. Since then she's been boffo in Britain, with all told nine top-40 hits there, while in the US only one more song ("Bossy", with rapper Too Short), made ours even though her followup Kelis Was Here went higher on the chart as her first top-10 CD but selling under 200,000 copies domestically. Starting fresh with a new record label, Kelis is collaborating with some of the best in dance and electro, like Norwegians Royksopp, Brit groups La Roux and Hercules & The Love Affair. It will be out in April, and the first single comes out strong, with a production by Frenchman-of-the-moment David Guetta, who already has two of his own tracks on my chart. Here's Kelis with "Acappella"...



Diva extreme Mary j. Blige is back, already appearing as a guest judge on American Idol, and releasing her ninth studio album, Stronger With Each Tear, which I just picked up on Amazon's $5.00 special. She's racked up 20 top-40 pop singles in the US (16 as lead artist), as well as 46 on the R&B chart (39 as lead artist). Wow. "Family Affair" made her only pop #1 to date, while four more songs besides that one made the top in R&B (including her first two, "You Remind Me" and "Real Love"). She's also won nine, count 'em, nine Grammys. The latest single is in the top-5 already, and it's a real winner, though Auto-tuning her amazing voice did come as a shock to me. Here's "I Am"...



It's only fitting that when the Olympics from Vancouver are winding down, one of Canada's best exports is returning to my list. Toronto-based Barenaked Ladies lost a "lady", as Steven Page left the group to go solo last year. The remaining band including singer Ed Robertson are continuing on with a new album All In Good Time due next month. They've always been a favorite of mine, and I distinctly remember picking up their single for "One Week" (their only #1 hit) in a mall in Utah on a cross-country trip I had taken. The latest is more reflective, a propos considering Page's departure and Robertson's recovery from a motorcycle accident. It's sweet without being hokey, and it's hands-down my favorite new clip of the week. Here's "You Run Away"...



And now since we had some imports, it's time for home-grown Jersey Boys. It's hard for bands to maintain momentum especially across decades where generation and style shifts leave a lot of bands in the dust, but Bon Jovi has managed to stay more than relevant, as their new CD, The Circle, has become their fourth #1 album (and second in a row, following Lost Highway). They also have three #1 singles to their credit ("You Give Love A Bad Name", "Living On A Prayer", and "Bad Medicine") as well as 14 other songs that made America's top-40. The second single from The Circle is another hit on the adult-pop chart, and it's "Superman Tonight". The clip is just about as good as the BNL one - watch the whole thing, for some real "Supermen (and Women)". Ow indeed...



Time for another New Yorker(besides Kelis), Lucas Prata, who had a #1 Dance Radio hit with "...And She Said" back in 2004. He also made the English version of the infamous "Numa Numa" song with original Moldovan singer Dan Balan that scraped the US charts in the mid-naughties. his latest is solo, and it's a fun, bouncy song that's another dance radio hit, "Remember"...



Country music is represented by one new song, and it's by newcomer Josh Thompson who is originally from outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He wrote the title track for fellow chart member Jason Michael Carroll's latest album, and his own CD Way Out There, which I picked up at Best Buy, dropped this past Tuesday. He had a hand in writing 10 of the songs, including the first single which is now a top-20 country hit, and it's what I could use right now, a "Beer On The Table"....



The Black Eyed Peas are now a force of nature. After having two of the biggest songs of last year, and as of now #3 and #4 biggest digital songs of all time ("Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", both over 5 million sold each), as well as a #1 European 100 hit "Meet Me Halfway", which is still on my top-20, their fourth single from their latest album The E.N.D. (Never Dies), "Imma Be", debuts on my list as they make a third pop #1 on Billboard. And here's David Guetta again, mixing that track on the extra long clip with "Rocking That Body" (the overseas current single) for a double delight...



and finally, to keep Mr. Guetta company, is another Frenchman, Christophe Mae. His debut album, Mon Paradis, was the second-biggest seller in his homeland in 2007. After an acoustic set, his upcoming sophomore CD is previewed by the #1 French single "Dingue Dingue Dingue" ("Crazy, Crazy Crazy"). The song also is in the charts in neighboring Belgium and Switzerland, and it's a breezy song in the manner of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Tom Frager...



G'nite all! Cough!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Distant Shores Song of the night.....That Rules!

Tonight's DSS is by Frenchman Eric Greff, who performs under the fictional moniker of Helmut Fritz. The storyline behind Fritz is that he's a German inheritance kid ex-patriot that lives in Paris, and the album behind it, En Observation, is a comedic foray into the decadent "clubby" lifestyle. His third hit single in France, produced by the guys behind the funky Francodisco group Discobitch, is "Ça Gère", which roughly translates to "That Rules!" The Whole album is awesome for a novelty act, and worth seeking out. Now I can't embed the original video, which you can check out by clicking here (it's better seeing and hearing him) but below at least is the audio with pics...



If you likey, you can pick up the import of Fritz's "Ca Gere" at Amazon's French site by clicking here.

Story of the day...So this country is going to hell, teabaggers?

Last night, on the beloved Facebook, someone I knew had answered a poll about whether they'd vote for Obama in 2012. It came with a "R U NUTZ". I have no idea why I even would pay attention, since I could care less about all those polls, games, apps, whatever in there. Yes I guess after a day with no heat, I was a little cranky. I made a comment about what was the better option: McCain/Palin? That started a string of typical talking point bullying that wasn't backed up by any fact. One thing stuck out, this guy kept repeating about how the economy and the country is going to hell, and somehow history leading up to this doesn't matter. And as I have a real valid problem with people in Obama's economic team and their priorities (read: Geithner/Sumners), the one thing that I did grasp was the need for a stimulus program to spark the flaccid job market (though I agree with economists like Krugman that it should have been larger).

Well the proof truly is in the pudding, as the Congressional Budget Office released the report tracking the effects of the stimulus plan in the fourth quarter, and the news is promising.

The Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus bill created up to 2.1 million jobs during the final three months of last year, according to a new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

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The stimulus also boosted the country’s economic growth by 1.5 to 3.5 percent during the time period and lowered the nation’s unemployment rate by between 0.5 and 1.1 percentage points.

Everybody with any true creds forecast that a recovery will be slow in coming, so even though things are still bad, there is a glimmer of hope. Since the country last year had experienced hemorrhaging employment, this unbiased report is encouraging.

So while Obama may not be the Mister Perfect people either think he is or feel the need to think he's not, but I just wish people would argue the facts, and not just spew what I honestly feel is thinly veiled at best anti-intellectual and at worst racist undertones.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Distant Shores Songs For The Night: It's Electric! Gothy Gothy Gothy!

Tonight's DSS is by German rock band Unheilig, fronted by singer "Der Graf", or "The Count. The outfit mixes darker elements of Kraut-Metal with the blippy accessibility of electronica, in a style known as Neue Deutsche Harte. Another band of the style, Rammstein, recently had a smash (Pussy) that even made my twostepcubchart. Unheilig's new song, in the top-3 in Germany and top-20 in Austria, is "Geboren Em Zu Leben", or "Born To Live"...



If you'd like to know more about Unheilig, you can visit the band's website or Myspace. And if you'd like a copy of the single, you can order at Amazon's German site here.

Apple. Tree. Not Far. (reason #45 for birth control)

So last week it was bad enough that after a lunatic flew his plane into the IRS building in an act of domesstic terrorism, right wing pundits and politicians such as Scott Brown thinly veiled almost lauding the act by equating it with the faux "teabagger" anti-government outrage that is just a sham for a bunch of angry white people who hate having a "darkie" for president as well as their shyster enablers (Beck, Breitbart, Limbaugh et al). This morning brought ABC news, hungry for disaster porn since Haiti got old, interviewed said lunatic's adult daughter, direct from Norway (who buy the way has a public, taxpayer provided health system, just sayin') to talk about her father.

Asked during a phone interview broadcast Monday if she considered her father a hero, she said: "Yes. Because now maybe people will listen."


Oh my gravy.

Immediately she tried to whitewash the statement saying...

Bell said she offered her deepest condolences to Hunter's family. She said her father's last actions were wrong.

"But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished," she told ABC. "But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government."





Yeah. riiight.

She also called it "inappropriate. Oh, that's better.

SO let me get this straight. Ms. Bell (or, I should just rename, Hellbeast) regrets that her father happens to end the life of a two-tour Vietnam Veteran as collateral damage to a brave act to protest that beats down ordinary folk like him who had the ability to have a fucking plane to fly into a building!

Bitch, please.

I'd be saving the Samantha Bell chick for my weekly Cee U Next Tuesday awards, but she's not even worth it. May a pack of hungry Norwegian polar bears eat her. Except for her head. No meat there.

Enough about her.

The story really is the man who was the victim of this cowardly act. Ken Hunter's biography reads like a true American hero. Two tours in Vietnam. A life of public service. As his son recounts...

"There was just too much going on about what the guy did and what he believed in, and enough's enough," he said. "They don't need to talk about him. Talk about my dad. You know, some people are trying to make this guy out to be a hero, a patriot. My dad served two terms in Vietnam. This guy never served at all. My dad wasn't responsible for his tax problems."

Amen.

But things like that don't matter to the screaming lunatic right, like those who attended the CPAC conference (fun fact: CPAC stands for "Cunts Packed At Capacity". Honest. I looked it up). Veracity doesn't matter as long as they have a compelling, emotional storyline which includes a big, bad villain to blame it on. I sure quite a few of them were inwardly cheering that it was another black man dead, as almost an effigy for the boogeyman that our nation rightfully elected.

You later (at possibly/probably blowback from your idiocy) attempted to further backpedal, saying "I didn't want to hurt anybody." Yeah. Like your dad. Apple. Tree. Not far.

So in closing, fuck you, Samantha Bell, you genetic cess pool of Randian bullshit. And throw yourself in a fjord while you're at it.

Toodles,
Twostepcub

PS: Bonus douche points for Good Morning America for #1) having her on in the first place and not the family of the victim, and #2) for asking a dickish question like "Do you consider your father a hero" in the first place.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for February 19, 2010...

Hey folks, I'm back from Manhattan, and it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Lady GaGa remains on top, while 30 (or Thirty, I can't keep track) Seconds to Mars (pictured above) jumps into the top-3. Former big hits by Jason Derulo, Reba McEntire, and Mariah Carey drop off, while Robbie Williams, Tony Moran, and Orianthi make the biggest jumps. Link-O-Rama is back, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website. ZZZZZZZ....

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bad Romance - Lady GaGa (1)
2. Someday - Rob Thomas (3)
3. Kings & Queens - 30 Seconds To Mars (6)
4. White Liar - Miranda Lambert (4)
5. Fireflies - Owl City (2)
6. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (5)
7. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas (7)
8. One Love - David Guetta f/Estelle (10)
9. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (9)
10. 1901 - Phoenix (12)
11. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (8)
12. Uprising - Muse (11)
13. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (13)
14. Breakeven - The Script (16)
15. Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner (20)
16. Soldier Of Love - Sade (21)
17. If You Only Knew - Shinedown (17)
18. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (18)
19. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (14)
20. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (22)
21. Russian Roulette - Rihanna (29)
22. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (24)
23. Hang On - Plumb (19)
24. The Truth - Jason Aldean (28)
25. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys (15)
26. Why Don't You Love Me? - Beyonce (31)
27. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (25)
28. Heartbreak Warfare - John Mayer (36)
29. Push N Pull - Noferini & Marini f/Sylvia Tosun (30)
30. Break - Three Days Grace (34)
31. According To You - Orianthi (47)
32. Replay - Iyaz (32)
33. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (33)
34. Fight For You - Morgan Page (35)
35. Did It Again - Shakira (37)
36. Rain - Anjulie (42)
37. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (26)
38. Live Like You're Dying - Kris Allen (40)
39. Life After You - Daughtry (41)
40. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (38)
41. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (27)
42. Hard - Rihanna (52)
43. Come Back Clean - Crystal Method f/Emily Haines (45)
44. Tik Tok - Ke$ha (44)
45. Make Me - Janet Jackson (23)
46. Ain't Leavin' Without You - Jaheim (51)
47. Bodies - Robbie Williams (65)
48. Heavy Cross - The Gossip (48)
49. Back Against The Wall - Cage The Elephant (54)
50. On The Floor (Oh Baby Please) - Kaylah Marin (62)
51. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (58)
52. You Used To Know - Andrea Carnell (46)
53. Savior - Rise Against (53)
54. Hot - Inna (55)
55. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (57)
56. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (56)
57. You Are - Tony Moran f/Frenchie Davis (78)
58. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (50)
59. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (49)
60. It Kills Me - Melanie Fiona (72)
61. 'Til Summer Comes Around - Keith Urban (63)
62. Two Is Better Than One - Boys Like Girls f/Taylor Swift (69)
63. Highway 20 Ride - The Zac Brown Band (75)
64. Drama Queen - Simone Denny & Barry Harris (59)
65. Come On - Green River Ordinance (61)
66. Just Breathe - Pearl Jam (74)
67. Fresh Out The Oven - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (60)
68. Rain - Creed (68)
69. Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song) - Toby Keith (71)
70. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (70)
71. Papers - Usher (67)
72. Smile - Uncle Kracker (64)
73. American Saturday Night - Brad Paisley (73)
74. Temporary Home - Carrie Underwood (76)
75. Your Decision - Alice In Chains (85)
76. Revolver - Madonna (90)
77. Syndicate - The Fray (92)
78. Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You - Kellie Pickler (80)
79. Fearless - Taylor Swift (84)
80. That's How Country Boys Roll - Billy Currington (81)
81. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (88)
82. Hurry Home - Jason Michael Carroll (82)
83. A Little More Country Than That - Easton Corbin (83)
84. Telephone - Lady GaGa f/Beyonce (DEBUT)
85. Today - Gary Allan (87)
86. Under Control - Parachute (86)
87. Don't Stop Believin' - "Glee" Cast (RE-ENTRY)
88. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart - Alicia Keys (DEBUT)
89. Come Back - Sophia May (89)
90. Hillbilly Bone - Blake Shelton f/Trace Adkins (93)
91. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (91)
92. Keeping Score - Hannah (96)
93. Wonderful - Billie Myers (DEBUT)
94. American Honey - Lady Antebellum (98)
95. Outside My Window - Sarah Buxton (99)
96. Secret Love - Kim Sozzi (DEBUT)
97. You & I - Medina (DEBUT)
98. I Like - Keri Hilson (100)
99. Keep On Lovin' You - Steel Magnolia (DEBUT)
100. Again - Flyleaf (DEBUT)

This week there are seven new songs on my list, and one returning due to its popularity overseas.

The highest debut goes to two of the hottest women singers around, Lady GaGa and Beyonce. Lady GaGa already has two other songs on the list, including the current #1 "Bad Romance" and #59 "Paparazzi". Beyonce has another track as well, "Why Don't You Love Me" at #26. They collaborated on a track from each other's album. Beyonce's is "Videophone", but it's GaGa's track "Telephone" that debuts....



Alicia Keys is still in the top-25 with "Empire State Of Mind", and debuts with another track from her own album, here's "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart"...



Billie Myers, the English chanteuse who had a hit in the 90's with "Kiss The Rain", is back with a dance club hit, "Wonderful"...



Long Island dance singer Kim Sozzi has her third hit single in a row as "Secret Love" makes it in..



Danish singer Medina has her first dance hit with "You And I"...



Another reality show beneficiary is Steel Magnolia, who appeared on the country contest Can You Duet, with their debut single "Keep On Lovin' You"...



And finally, rock band Flyleaf are back with the brooding "Again"...



Now as a bonus, the re-entering song, the cast of the television show "Glee", which is now a big hit in Britain and the rest of Europe. Here's "Don't Stop Believin'"



Good Night all!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Palin P0WNED!....

So. Wednesday found me ranting off on Sarah Palin for going on a media-ready Facebook tizzy about the Family Guy episode that featured a character that dated the son Chris. The girl had Downs' Syndrome, and the show included the throwaway line "My father was an accountant, and my mother used to be the governor of Alaska". Even though the show actually showed the character in a real and non-special way (she bosses Chris around, acts like any diva high school girl), somehow that translated into an attack on "her" child.

Well in response, the actress who provided the voice for the character, Andrea Fay Friedman, sent out an e-mail to the media giving her take on it. It's better than I could've imagined.

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the "Extra Large Medium" episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine's day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in " Smudge" but I was a blonde in "Life Goes On". I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line "I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska" was very funny. I think the word is "sarcasm".

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.


Damn! Sarah got served!

Thanks, Andrea, for standing up for your comedy, and the episode was awesome!

And Palin, how about that birth certificate? Buehler?

UPDATE: from the comments in the story from Gawker,

"The medical term for Down syndrome is Trisomy G, commonly shortened to TriG by nurses. babies with trig are called trig babies. Trig-baby Trig Palin. Sarah Palin basically named her baby retard, I doubt she cares when people make fun of him for his sake; the only reason she feigns caring is because it allows her to gain some publicity as the victim"


Wow.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Story of the day: the end product of teabagging...


After months of hate speech running to a boil since President Obama's election, it was only a matter of time when some anti-guvmint kook took drastic action.

Corporal Coward first class Andrew Joseph Stack apparently set fire to his house and then took his plane and flew it into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, killing himself and injuring 2 people in the building and leaving one more missing. It's very lucky that more people weren't hurt or killed, as the gas-full plane slammed into the building causing the damage above.

That day, Stack changed his website to a long rambling anti-tax anti-government screed that somehow includes rants on communism and capitalism. I'm not going to give voice to this blather, as you can read it in any of the links to news stories, other than note that there was nothing in it that would discern from the extremo-libertarian slash teabagger mentality that conveniently only surfaces when there's a Democrat president who just happens to be black in the White House. Upset over audits and claiming to have lost some supposed 40,000 dollar, apparently Stack wasn't so hard up as to not be able to afford a fucking plane. And that's the rub of the"teabagger" movement. The supposed "beat-down" "Grassroots" movement is mostly consisting of upper middle class older white people who have no idea what struggling is, besides their dimwitted notion that gas is more expensive and they may not afford that large-screen TV. Or they can, but want to be in the victim group with their friends and neighbors. The draw of crowd mentality is strong with people who follow everything in life like it's a reality show storyline.

As this was going on, the CPAC conference was going on in Washington DC, where the wingnuts in the know all came together to squaw like a group of harpies how Obama is the next black antichrist and we're all turning into Russia. With a greed knowing that their audience feeds on pent-up masked racial and classist anger, these dipshits are going off over and over how this country somehow has gone to hell, without the actual details of how. But that doesn't matter, as long as you can yell at President Darkie! And what theme gets drilled over and over again? Revolution! So no wonder some whackjob took it to its illogical end. There's probably tens if not hundreds more crazy enough to follow. Thank god this horrible incident didn't turn out worse, however I'm very scared that this is just a harbinger. Look how nobody in the right-wing teabagger gang has come to denounce this blatant and definitely act of domestic terrorism. In fact, Facebook had to shut down tribute pages to this fucktard - hey how bout the police keeping a list on that, eh?

And as a final bit of evidence, watch Him-bo Senator Scott Brown compare his election to the "frustration" that led to this act on such softpedal that he almost praises the guy...



Senator Brown-Shit, go fuck yourself. Hard. With a splintered broom. You so fucking self-centered that it all comes back to you, so no wonder you pandered your vapid naked ass in Cosmo. You are the male Sarah Palin. I'd love to see his excuse making for this if this would've happened on Bush's term. No, we would all be talking about this as for the thing it is, an act of terrorism, meant to be a blow in this crazy's mindwar against everything that was out for him.

(Just for being the dick that he is, Brown wins this week's Republican Douchebag award.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Distant Shores Song for the night...chicken with two ears?

Tonight's Distant Shores song is by Swiss singer Baschi, and the only thing I really know about it is it's from a film called Zweiohrküken, which in English is "Chicken With Two Ears". Yeah. Riiiiight. The song is "Unsterblich" ("Immortality"), and it's better than I thought a song from a movie called "Chicken with Two Ears" could be...



If you really like this song, you can pick up the single on Amazon Germany's site by clicking here...

Dear Sarah...DUH!

Since you apparently have no problem throwing around racial, social, ethnic, and sexual stereotypes, without knowing a damn thing about what you're talking about, I don't give two shits about Family Guy putting a fucking reference to your famewhoring presence with your fucking token kid. Who still isn't proven to be yours, and not Bristol's. Actually, to tell the truth, the show is notable for treating someone with Downs to be just as human and fallible as everyone else. You and your whole genetically defunct cess pool of a family can go fuck off back to Alahhhhska.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Distant Shores Song for the night...happy nation...

Tonight's Distant Shores song (songs from overseas that have caught my ear) is by singer Eric Carter, who hailed from the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. That country packs over a million people in under 800 square miles, and has been mostly under French control until independence in 1968. And it's France that Carter's music has been popular, and his latest, "Unification", reminds me just a bit of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)". Do you agree?



Eric Carter's "Unification" isn't available in the States, but you can order it from Amazon's French site by clicking here.

Cee U Next Tuesday winner for the week - Amy's got A Gun...

This week's Cee U Next Tuesday award for female excellence in the male-dominated field of douchebaggery is a grim one. Amy Fisher, professor at University of Alabama-Huntsville of microbiology, disgruntled over being denied tenure, came to a staff meeting and shot six people and killed three. Since then, a history of violence that includes the shooting of her brother that was originally judged an accident, but the circumstances do not in any way point to that..

After the 1986 shooting, Amy Bishop told police she thought she had ruined the kitchen, but did not realize she had hit her brother. She said she ran away and thought she dropped the gun, which went off a third time. She did not remember anything else until she was taken to a police station.

But police and witnesses say she fled with the gun to a car dealership, where she pointed it at employees and demanded a getaway car.

Police said it took 11 days before they could interview family members because they were so distraught. When they finally did, authorities decided to let her go, declaring the whole thing an accident.


Who the hell did she and her family know to shove this under the rug? What kind of accidental shooting is followed by carjacking?

Then in 1993, there was a pipebombing attempt on a Harvard Med School Professor that coincidentally was about to give Bishop a negative evaluation. Bishop and her husband were not charged after the investigation, but nobody else was either.

Holy fuck.

Next in 2002 at an IHOP, a friggin IHOP, after being told that the last booster-seat had been given out, went over an assaulted the poor other mother...

Bishop, according to a police report, strode over to the other woman, demanded the seat and launched into a profanity-laced rant.

When the woman would not give the seat up, Bishop punched her in the head, all the while yelling "I am Dr. Amy Bishop."

For that, she got probation. And anger management classes. How'd that work out?

And now this. What's worse is that her skeeve of a husband has been changing his story about how and when his wife got the gun. At first he denied knowing she even had a gun or where she got it, only then to recall that not only did she "borrow" the gun from someone they knew but he took her to a shooting range in the weeks before the killing. He's like the "balloon boy dad" of disgruntled shootings.

So in this case, James Anderson co-shares the C-U-N-T award, and they can take turns practicing what hopefully they'll experience with years of "prison love" assumedly ahead of them.


Monday, February 15, 2010

There's a clog in them there pipes!


And it seems the circle of victimization for pseudo-libertarian wingnut reality stars is complete.

Wurzelbacher touched on several different points during his speech, and many of them were surprising. He said he doesn’t support Sarah Palin anymore. Why? Because she’s backing John McCain’s re-election effort. “John McCain is no public servant,” he told the room, calling the 2008 Republican nominee a career politician.

I pointed out he’d just be plain old Sam Wurzelbacher of Ohio — Joe the Plumber wouldn’t exist – without McCain. His response was blunt. “I don’t owe him s—. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”

Wurzelbacher said, “McCain was trying to use me. I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy.”

Read the whole article - it isn't too long. Classy. We don't miss you either, dillweed.

Distant shores song for the night - post-Valentine's bliss...


Tonight's DSS is by France's answer to Jack Johnson, Tom Frager, and his followup to "Lady Melody". This one is all in English, and it's a breezy mindless winner. Perfect for imagining yourself on a beach in Martinique or Reunion. Here's "Give Me That Love"...



Right now Tom Frager's music isn't released in the US, but you can listen more on his MySpace, or you can order his album Better Days from Amazon France by clicking here.

Story of the day - why Evan Bayh is a p*ssy part 36...

So in the mass exodus from the apparently self-imposed prison Congress appears to be, Senator Evan Bayh (which means "Dick Hole" in the native Estonian) did a shock-announcement usually reserved for gay or philandering governors or forthcoming indicted politicians, and declared that although he's been plastering his mug around the pundit programs saying he will run for a third term, he is retiring from the Senate after this term.

“Congress is just dysfunctional. It is not getting the people’s business done nearly the way it should. I kept hoping that things would get better; that we’d be getting more done. And it just has not been happening,” Bayh, 54, told reporters this afternoon.

Later, he added: “I was not a creature of a legislative body before I went there, so perhaps other people would have a greater tolerance for that sort of thing than I do.”





Oh, honey, please. The lady doth protest.

Since President Obama's election (and most revealingly his snub of not being selected for Vice Prez), Bayh has turned into the Senate's loudest "concern troll", bellowing the lack of supposed bipartisanship that the Administration has been overtrying for anyway, to becoming the Democratic Senator with the most votes out of line with the Obama team. His most blatant trolling came at the expense of the HealthCare Reform movement, which Bayh has such a glaring conflict of interest with his wife, who just so happens to sit on the board of Directors of WellPoint. Who is WellPoint? Well it's just one of the nation's largest for-profit insurnce companies. One that just happened to be in the news briefly for planning to jack up rates on California customers by up to 39%.

Holy fuck.

So.

It just so happens that Bayh makes this turn-around bombshell on the eve of the filing deadline for the Democratic primary. Since even his staff were fullspeed on Bayh's campaign, there is no practical last-minute challenger that can come up with the creds to file. Per the filing rules that Americablog posted, the deadline is noon tomorrow. Tomorrow. Arguments that this both hurts Democrats, since if no one files, the State Dem Party chooses the candidate, or helps, since it keeps any last-minute GOP candidates like the foul Mike Pence (see my "himbot" article from earlier), and Bayh was way out-polling the existing challengers anyway. Now either way, Bayh's a douche. Touting the benefits of not having a primary so works against my democratic principles, besides the fact that he's talking shit. After pulling a backstab in proclaiming the election of Scott Brown a sign our party has "moved too far to the left". (Seriously? WTF? Seriously?) After raising 13 million dollars for a campaign that will not happen. After plans made for commericals and press meetings for the campaign right up to the announcement.

There has been speculation that Bayh is positioning himself for a presidential run, but unless he tries a reinvention, quitters don't sit well with many outside the Republican "forget our past" party".

Whatever he does, hopefully it'll be away from the public eye, because he's a self-serving attention hound that perpetually is trying to be queen of the hop. And darling, that's Joe Lieberman's gig.



when Him-bo's lie....


With all the focus in the "all flirt no substance" performances Sarah Palin has been putting on lately, it's easy to neglect the army of Manchurian sexbots that the Republican party have been accumulating as their plan for a new wave of ascendancy. This includes cougar whackjobs like Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota (fun fact - if you Google "Minnesota Congresswoman Whackjob" her official site is the first entry), Marsha "I'm waiting for my Desperate Housewives cameo" Blackburn, and former Miss I-Will-Never-Concede Marilyn Musgrave. However, the GOP is growing a bench of himbos as well, cut from the Mitt Romney mold but with more of the hunk and less of that pesky Mormonism.

One of their brightest upcomers (pun intended) is Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (pictured above apparently on a break from his beer commercial audition tape). Before the nude model from Massachussetts stole his thunder, Schock was considered so much a hottie that even the gay rags were swooning over him (and of course, as still single, can still host the "well, maybe he is meme). Mind you, it's ironic that Schock is succeeding Ray LaHood, who President Obama in one of his misguided fits of "bipartisanship" appointed to his Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation.

Since then Schock has proven to be a loyal Republican soldier, voting against hate crime legislation (how hot is he now, fellas?) as well as propagating the tax-cut schtick that's a necessity in order to be in the new mouthbreather right-wing. In fact he's so dimbulb that he forgot to exchange "Torture" for "enchanced interrogation" when he was on with Chris Matthews. Stuff like this is rote and even understandable given his party and wingnut support from bumble Central Illinois, but his diving full-thong in the cesspool of GOP lie-smear tactic is reprehensible.

On Meet The Press, otherwise known as Dick Gregory Will Let You Spout Off Whatever Lie You Want, Schock sat in on the panel discussion, with only Rachel Maddow to fact-check his bubble-butt. Lord knows Harold Ford is a pandering pseudo-centrist fucktard that's trying to say whatever he thinks will run well in his Amos and Andy world. Schock proceeded to spew about the stimulus plan was such a spending boondoggle, before Maddow confronted him with the facts that he blatantly touted his district's stimulus projects as if he had anything the fuck to do with them.

"You, in your district, I just read that you were at a community college touting a $350,000 green technology education program, talking about how great that was going to be for your district," she said. "You voted against the bill that created that grant. That's happening a lot with Republicans sort of taking credit for things that Democratic bills do and then Republicans simultaneously touting their votes against them and trashing them. That, I think, is a problem that needs to be resolved within your caucus. Because you seem like a very nice person but that is a very hypocritical stance to take."




Dahhh-amn!

You'd think that he would learn, but no, the himbot keeps on rolling, where he jumps in with the current GOP rumor chain that the "underwear bomber" refused to giv up info after his Miranda Rights were read. Again, Ford peed himself a little, and it was up to Rachel again to school Aaron and the watching audience to the real hypocrisy that he spouts...



"What's the basis of the assertion that reading someone their Miranda rights in unsafe? We did that with every single person who's been arrested on terrorism charges since 9/11," Maddow said.

"No one's ever made an issue of it until the Obama administration and this case with Abdulmuttalab. Really, what's the problem with being read your rights that wasn't the problem before?"
This and the Newt Gingrich "the shoe-bomber was American" bullshit were not slips of communication. They are thought-out lies, lies meant to confuddle the vast portion of the American Public that casually gleans over what's presented as "the news", and follows more on a storyline than a discussion of positions. And that's what's considered valuable to the New Republican Party, so much so that Schock was appointed deputy Minority Whip by Eric Cantor, who I can imagine is insanely jealous of Schock's "star quality". I mean look at Cantor. Fu-gly. Once his hair falls out that trainwreck of a face won't make many Time covers.

And back to Schock. He's the political equivalent of the charming fratboy that will roofie your drink in order to fuck you raw. The fact that he can be swooned over is nuts. I admit I'm very concerned about the non-committal citizens of this country gleaning on to his stories, and value even more true journalists like Maddow that have the guts to confront him on it. No wonder Darth Cheney won't talk to her.

Friday, February 12, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for February 12, 2010...

Hey everyone, I'm watching the Olympic opening ceremonies, and while doing so I'm posting my top tunes for the week. It's been a month since I've last posted, and in the meantime Lady Gaga took over the top spot from Owl City, while country singer Miranda Lambert (pictured above) makes it into the top-5. The biggest jumps come from songs by Orianthi, Anjulie, and Rihanna. Link-O-Rama is back in effect, so you can click on any highlighted artist to go to their website (if you rightclick, you can bring it up in a new tab or window). Go Liechtenstein!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bad Romance - Lady GaGa (1)
2. Fireflies - Owl City (2)
3. Someday - Rob Thomas (3)
4. White Liar - Miranda Lambert (4)
5. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (6)
6. Kings & Queens - 30 Seconds To Mars (10)
7. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas (9)
8. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (4)
9. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (13)
10. One Love - David Guetta f/Estelle (16)
11. Uprising - Muse (11)
12. 1901 - Phoenix (17)
13. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (15)
14. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (7)
15. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys (5)
16. Breakeven - The Script (21)
17. If You Only Knew - Shinedown (19)
18. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (18)
19. Hang On - Plumb (14)
20. Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner (22)
21. Soldier Of Love - Sade (29)
22. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (26)
23. Make Me - Janet Jackson (12)
24. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (30)
25. (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer (25)
26. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (24)
27. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (27)
28. The Truth - Jason Aldean (33)
29. Russian Roulette - Rihanna (37)
30. Push N Pull - Noferini & Marini f/Sylvia Tosun (31)
31. Why Don't You Love Me - Beyonce (43)
32. Replay - Iyaz (32)
33. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (23)
34. Break - Three Days Grace (38)
35. Fight For You - Morgan Page (35)
36. Heartbreak Warfare - John Mayer (40)
37. Did It Again - Shakira (44)
38. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (34)
39. Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo (20)
40. Live Like You're Dying - Kris Allen (41)
41. Life After You - Daughtry (46)
42. Rain - Anjulie (66)
43. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (28)
44. Tik Tok - Ke$ha (49)
45. Come Back Clean - Crystal Method f/Emily Haines (57)
46. You Used To Know - Andrea Carnell (47)
47. According To You - Orianthi (77)
48. Heavy Cross - The Gossip (50)
49. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (45)
50. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (52)
51. Ain't Leavin' Without You - Jaheim (55)
52. Hard - Rihanna (69)
53. Savior - Rise Against (48)
54. Back Against The Wall - Cage The Elephant (64)
55. Hot - Inna (56)
56. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (58)
57. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (59)
58. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (60)
59. Drama Queen - Simone Denny & Barry Harris (51)
60. Fresh Out The Oven - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (61)
61. Come On - Green River Ordinance (53)
62. On The Floor (Oh Baby Please) - Kaylah Marin (72)
63. Til Summer Comes Around - Keith Urban (70)
64. Smile - Uncle Kracker (54)
65. Bodies - Robbie Williams (81)
66. Wish U Love - Chad Jack & Tim Letteer f/Fawn (62)
67. Papers - Usher (63)
68. Rain - Creed (68)
69. Two Is Better Than One - Boys Like Girls f/Taylor Swift (71)
70. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (74)
71. Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song) - Toby Keith (73)
72. It Kills Me - Melanie Fiona (79)
73. American Saturday Night - Brad Paisley (75)
74. Just Breathe - Pearl Jam (80)
75. Highway 20 Ride - The Zac Brown Band (82)
76. Temporary Home - Carrie Underwood (78)
77. Twang - George Strait (67)
78. You Are - Tony Moran f/Frenchie Davis (88)
79. I Wanna Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey (42)
80. Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You - Kellie Pickler (83)
81. That's How Country Boys Roll - Billy Currington (85)
82. Hurry Home - Jason Michael Carroll (86)
83. A Little More Country Than That - Easton Corbin (87)
84. Fearless - Taylor Swift (94)
85. Your Decision - Alice In Chains (91)
86. Under Control - Parachute (92)
87. Today - Gary Allan (90)
88. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (100)
89. Come Back - Sophia May (99)
90. Revolver - Madonna (DEBUT)
91. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (89)
92. Syndicate - The Fray (DEBUT)
93. Hillbilly Bone - Blake Shelton f/Trace Adkins (96)
94. Ghosts N Stuff - Deadmau5 f/Rob Swire (DEBUT)
95. Loca - Ranny f/Nina Flowers (95)
96. Keeping Score - Hannah (DEBUT)
97. J'aimerais Tellement - Jena Lee (97)
98. American Honey - Lady Antebellum (DEBUT)
99. Outside My Window - Sarah Buxton (DEBUT)
100. I Like - Keri Hilson (RE-ENTRY)

This week there are six new songs on my list, and the highest debut is by Madonna, with the second new song from her greatest hits set Celebration. "Revolver" teams her up with French DJ/Producer David Guetta, who is already on the chart twice with "One Love" and "Sexy Bitch"...



Next is Denver, Colorado-based rock band The Fray, who have the third hit from their sophomore record with "Syndicate"...



Canadian DJ Deadmau5 is back with the singer from act Pendulum with "Ghosts N Stuff"...



Next is Estonian dance singer Hannah with her first stateside club hit, "Keeping Score"...



Country trio Lady Antebellum was a highlight at the Grammys, and their sophomore album, Need You Now, has been the #1 bestseller for two weeks now,and their second single from it is "American Honey"...



And finally, country newcomer Sarah Buxton debuts with her lowbudget but highfun clip for "Outside My Window"...



Take care, and good night everyone...