Daily Archives: September 23, 2009

Darfur: 3 Points – Watch the full feature film featuring Tracy McGrady

Posted by Buellboy

Tracy McGrady & Kids

Tracy McGrady & Kids

Last night Rachel Maddow interviewed NBA Houston Rockets star Tracy (T-Mac) McGrady and John Prendergast on her show. When McGrady heard about the massive challenges children from Darfur were facing in the refugee camps, he decided to travel there. Prendergast escorted McGrady to the Darfur region where they filmed ‘3 Points‘.

McGrady created the ‘Darfur Dream Team‘ and continues to donate his time and money to help educate Darfuri refugees.

To learn more about the Dafur Dream Team, click their logo below.

Click here to learn how you can help

Click here to learn how you can help

Thanks to the HULU, we are able to show you the feature film in its entirety.

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Obama Leads Letterman to Ratings Win

posted by HershelWellingtonIV

President Obama and Dave Letterman

President Obama and Dave Letterman

We’ve been told by the pundits on cable news, that in their conventional wisdom, President Barack Obama is totally over-exposed. Right? Well no one gave that memo to Dave Letterman’s Late Show audience.

According to the New York Times, the night Obama appeared was the most-watched “Late Show” in four years, with a total of 7.218 million viewers. So the conventionally wise pundits in Washington, might want to re-think that memo. Either that or start calling it ‘conventional speculation‘.

New York Times/Bill Carter—Landing an appearance by the president seems to be a game-changer at least for one show in late-night television. On Monday night, President Obama lifted David Letterman to his most-watched “Late Show” in four years, with a total of 7.218 million viewers.

That was more than enough to propel Mr. Letterman, on CBS, past his late-night rival on NBC, Conan O’Brien, in every audience category for the first time since Mr. O’Brien became host of the “Tonight Show” in June.

It also gave Mr. Letterman a bigger audience Monday than his longtime rival Jay Leno, whose new prime-time hour on NBC hit its lowest number to date, with 5.81 million viewers. (Mr. Leno can still claim precedence in one area, however. When he was still host of “Tonight” and Mr. Obama made the first late-night appearance by any sitting president last March, Mr. Leno attracted 14.6 million viewers.)

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The Strange Case Of The Philandering, Muslim-Threat-Hyping FBI Agent

Posted by Buellboy

Fmr. FBI Agent John Guandolo

Fmr. FBI Agent John Guandolo

I know its been mentioned on 44D before, but what the heck is going on with all these over-sexed Republicans?

Just askin’

TPMMuckracker’s Justin Elliott has the scoop…

TPMMuckracker/Justin Elliott—An FBI agent who worked on the corruption case of former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson resigned after superiors found a list he wrote of his sexual conquests with agents and a confidential source, according to court documents.

The same agent, John Guandolo, who is married and who unsuccessfully solicited a $75,000 donation for an anti-terrorism group from a wealthy witness in the Jefferson case with whom he was having an affair, resigned from the FBI and appears to have landed on his feet on the speaking circuit playing up the threat of Islamic terrorism.

The affair list was first reported by Allan Lengel at ticklethewire.com

The relationship between Guandolo and key government informant Lori Mody, a former tech executive for whom Guandolo worked undercover as a driver, failed to derail the Jefferson conviction after a judge ruled it irrelevant this week.

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True Crime on TV: ABC’s New Show “The Forgotten”

Review by Audiegrl and TheLCster

The Cast of The Forgotten

The Cast of The Forgotten

ABC’s new true crime drama “The Forgotten” is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Christian Slater, with a strong ensemble cast. The show centers on the Forgotten Network, which is a group of people, who explore unsolved crimes and missing person cases.

The Forgotten combines one of TheLCster’s favorite shows “Cold Case” with one of Audiegrl’s favorite books, “The Lovely Bones“.

As the show begins, we see a shot of a unidentified young woman who has been murdered, laying in a deserted area in Chicago. This Jane Doe, a la The Lovely Bones begins to narrate and watches the team as they pursue the extremely difficult task of figuring out who she once was.

The time-elapsed shots show the Chicago Police Department trying to identify Jane Doe, but they are ultimately unsuccessful. The CPD then turns to Christian Slater’s group of amateur sleuths, who only have 5 days to identify Jane Doe, before she is buried in an unmarked grave in Potter’s Field. Slater’s character has a lot of baggage, he is a former cop and is deeply scared by the fact that his 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years prior. I suspect in each episode we will discover that many of the team members have stories that will tell us why they are doing this.

For those interested in the Forensic aspect of solving murders, you won’t be disappointed. This episode a la Cold Case, will include facial reconstruction, and other Forensic techniques.

We won’t provide any spoilers to the show, but will provide a graphic link at the bottom, for those you want to watch the clips from the first episode.

One thing we really enjoyed and respected about the show, was the strong theme of victims advocacy. Rather than spending a majority of the time focusing on the killer, as many true crime shows do, they focused on this girls life and identifying her so she could be buried with dignity. At the end of the show, the mother of Jane Doe, thanks Christian and his group for bringing her daughter back home.

That sentiment alone is worth us recommending this show to everyone…

“The Forgotten” on IMDB

Top Five Questions Fans Want to Ask About the Show

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Obama Considers Adopting the “Biden Plan” in Afghanistan

Posted by GeoT

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who spoke Tuesday in National Harbor, Md., wants to scale back troops in Afghanistan.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who spoke Tuesday in National Harbor, Md., wants to scale back troops in Afghanistan.


New York Times/Peter Baker & Elisabeth Bumiller—President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to scale back American forces and focus more on rooting out Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

The options under review are part of what administration officials described as a wholesale reconsideration of a strategy the president announced with fanfare just six months ago. Two new intelligence reports are being conducted to evaluate Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

The sweeping reassessment has been prompted by deteriorating conditions on the ground, the messy and still unsettled outcome of the Afghan elections and a dire report by Mr. Obama’s new commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. Aides said the president wanted to examine whether the strategy he unveiled in March was still the best approach and whether it could work with the extra combat forces General McChrystal wants.

In looking at other options, aides said, Mr. Obama might just be testing assumptions — and assuring liberals in his own party that he was not rushing into a further expansion of the war — before ultimately agreeing to the anticipated troop request from General McChrystal. But the review suggests the president is having second thoughts about how deeply to engage in an intractable eight-year conflict that is not going well.

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