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Bob Seger

A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, Seger was first inspired by Little Richard and Elvis Presley. He wrote and recorded songs that dealt with blue-collar themes. Seger has recorded many rock and roll hits, including “Night Moves,” “Turn the Page,” “Like a Rock” and also co-wrote the Eagles number one hit “Heartache Tonight.” His iconic signature song “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning five decades, Seger continues to perform and record today.
Seger’s songs have been covered by many artists including Thin Lizzy and Metallica.
Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Night Moves…

Like A Rock…

Old Time Rock & Roll

“Come Go With Me” by The Del Vikings was the first record he bought..

Seger also co-wrote the Eagles number one hit "Heartache Tonight"

Favorite Album: Live At The Apollo (1963)

Bob Seger discography

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Video: Last Night’s Appearance By First Lady Michelle Obama on The Jay Leno Show

Leno wanted to know what she whispers to her husband after his speeches.
“I usually ask him, did he take out the garbage?” .

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Why Can’t People Just Admit they Like Bob Fosse?

bobfosseThis is the second video that I know of that Beyoncé has done that pays tribute to Bob Fosse! Take it from me people, check this man out, he is worth it. He’s the most talented man to touch a pair of jazz shoes.

Start your weekend out right by taking some time to feel the rhythm and see where it takes you…

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Fox News…You Lie! Again…

Treasury Department Special Master Ken Feinberg

Treasury Department Special Master Ken Feinberg

Talking Points Memo/David Kurtz/Christina Bellantoni—If you’ve had Fox News on today, you’ve seen them cranking up the indignation machine over a supposed new incident between the network and the White House. The claim is that the White House denied Fox the same access other networks had to a press briefing at the Treasury Department yesterday. But we’ve looked into it, and it turns out that’s not what happened. Christina Bellantoni has the details on how a miscommunication over the TV pool feed has Fox playing First Amendment victim.

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Note to Huffington Post: With all due respect. You still have a splashy banner in your Media section, “Networks Revolt Against White House Fox News Boycott”, the only problem, the story you sourced from (only) Fox is wrong. TPM has proven it with some investigative reporting. Multiple commentators, of the 7,300 there are linking to the TPM story in an effort to get you to take down the erroneous banner…Come on now…help us out!

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The Man Who Should Be Playing Barack Obama on SNL

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Crosson holding a newspaper headlining election victory for Barack Obama

Crosson holding a newspaper headlining election victory for Barack Obama

Meet Iman Crosson. He’s an American actor, impressionist, dancer and singer known on various Internet websites under the pseudonym “Alphacat,” and is best known for his impersonations of U.S. President Barack Obama.

During the summer of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election campaign, Crosson came to our attention after winning Denny’s Restaurant’s nationwide contest for the best impressionist of the then-candidate Barack Obama. Obama’s election victory brought recognition for Crosson’s comedy-, vocal-, musical-, and dance-laden video characterizations of a President during national crisis.

Within months of the election, Crosson was featured on numerous entertainment, culture, and news television shows, blogs and newspapers, earning a personal invitation to perform at Aretha Franklin’s March 2009 birthday celebration. Crosson has engagements at corporate events, parts in national commercials, and voice-over parts on Newsweek.com’s The District and on two prime time television shows in production.

Iman Crosson

Iman Crosson

In 44D’s interview with Crosson today, we wanted to know if he had heard from SNL. He replied, “no one has contacted me…. I’d never expect them to. They’re SNL, I doubt they’re worried about internet talent. At least I don’t think…” Although Crosson is being very modest, his youtube fans don’t agree.

The online fans that follow his Alphacat channel are very anxious to see Crosson on SNL. But Crosson explains the difficulty, “I’m not sure if there’s anything to do to get Loren Michael’s attention. I think most of the sketch comedy shows are pretty tightly knit unless you complete a certain set of requirements or fit them at least, you simply aren’t looked at.” When asked for a preview of projects in the future, he tells us, “I have a project coming up for Halloween that you wanna stay tuned for. It’s gonna be insane“.

Finally we asked if President Obama had seen his impression, to which he replied, “I’m not sure, but I like to imagine he has! That would be great.”

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

When DailyIntel asked Crosson his secret to mastering the president-elect? He replied, “It’s all in the speech patterns and vocal cadences, and a whole lot of uhhs. I’ve learned to lower my register a little bit. He’s very pensive. He puts a lot of thought in what he’s about to say. Sometimes, he’ll highlight a word in a sentence. He might reiterate a word under his breath.”

Says Crosson: “One thing that has been important to me is to make it funny without making it profane or obscene. My ultimate hope is that Obama will see it one day and laugh.”

Atlantic blogger Ta-nehisi Coates weighs in in favor of Crosson too, writing that “you don’t have to be black to do a good impersonation of a black dude. I like Darrell Hammond’s Jesse Jackson a lot more than Keenan Thompson’s Al Sharpton–but you do have to be good. Andrew nominated this cat (Iman Crosson) awhile back.”

Film.com‘s take: “It was one thing to have Armisen portraying Obama when he was a mere candidate, but now that SNL knows that it will need someone to play the 44th president for another four seasons at least, it’s hard to imagine that the show will let this obvious problem area go unaddressed. Armisen is a pro and you can tell he worked at his much-criticized portrayal in the last offseason. He has even gotten some laughs out of his mimicry of Obama’s deliberate speaking patterns. But since anyone who has visited YouTube in the past two years knows that good Obama impersonators aren’t hard to find, why can’t Lorne Michaels see fit to hire one

This video is a spoof of the Jamie Foxx Blame It… video. It includes portrayals of Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Rod Blogojevich, and Sarah Palin.

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Media Matters: Fox News Has Been Attacking the Obama White House Since January 20th

media matters logolargeMedia Matters—Following Anita Dunn’s description of Fox News as an “arm” of the Republican Party, Fox News personalities have suggested or claimed that the White House declared “war” on the network. In response, Media Matters for America has released a video showing the factually inaccurate smears, blatant political organizing, and explicit lobbying that Fox News has engaged in. Many of these activities have been occurring since January 20 and have only increased in frequency as time has passed.

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Joe Wilson’s Wife Roxanne Has Swine Flu

sROXANNE-WILSON-largeCNN—Rep. Joe Wilson’s wife Roxanne has been diagnosed with swine flu, the congressman’s office confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

The South Carolina Republican who gained instant notoriety in September for shouting “You lie!” at the president told The Hill newspaper on Thursday that he plans to keep his distance from his wife when he returns home this weekend.

Wilson said he plans to get the H1N1 vaccination soon, but only after “the majority of the American people” receive it.

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Rachel Maddow Sets the Record Straight on Fox News

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rachel maddowbuttons211x320Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow was joined by her MSNBC colleague Keith Olbermann to set the record straight on White House criticism of Fox News and the dishonest campaign Fox has launched to dispute those claims.

Using both photographs and video as evidence, Maddow examines the way Fox functioned as a right-arm of the Bush Administration & the Republican Party, who at the same time, excluding journalists and media outlets that were perceived by the White House as being left-wing.

She points out that the big difference between this administration and the last one, is that President Obama’s White House has also met with conservative columnists and journalists as well as progressive outlets. President Bush, on the other hand, froze out The New York Times for all eight years of his administration, never once giving them an interview. Going as far as being caught on a hot mic during his 2000 campaign saying:

    There’s Adam Clymer — major league a$$hole — from the New York Times,” Bush said.

    Yeah, big time,” returned Cheney.


President Bush also froze out MSNBC toward the end of his last term, which WH Press Secretary Dana Perrino readily admits on a Fox interview.

Hannity's faux sign

Hannity's faux sign

So essentially, the purpose of all the faux outrage from Faux News is to obfuscate the simple and widely accepted fact that even their ‘straight news‘ shows are done with a biased political agenda in mind. President Bush 41, being interviewed regarding the lack of civility in politics, decided to prove he agrees with his son on progressive pundits, by calling Maddow and Olbermann ‘sick puppies‘. With all due respect, Sir, you are not helping things.

What I’d really like to know is how can we get some of that famous peach cobbler Rachel and Keith talked about? Bloggers need love too. 😉

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts a Healthy Kids Fair at the White House

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healthy_kids_1michelle obamaWhiteHouse.gov—Yesterday, the First Lady held the first ever Healthy Kids Fair on the White House South Lawn—a fun event created to teach parents and children the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

All afternoon, the kids took turns jump roping, hula hooping, and learning to concoct nutritious snacks and lunches. As the First Lady explained, the recipes — such as Sweet and Zesty Popcorn and Baked Sliced Apples — are easy to make and developed with today’s busy family in mind:

    “We want our children to eat right, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because quite frankly healthy good food tastes good and we want them to experience that. We don’t just want our kids to exercise because we tell them to. We want them to exercise because it’s fun and they enjoy it. And we want them to learn now how to lead good, healthy lifestyles so that they’re not struggling to figure out how to do that when they’re older.

    But as a parent, and I know all of you here today, we know that sometimes doing all that is easier said than done, because we all care but it is becoming so increasingly difficult to provide all that for our kids. And you all know that better than anyone here, as parents. We’re all pulled in a million different directions, working hard, working long hours, trying to do everything, be perfect parents. We love you guys so much we just want everything for you.”

healthy_kids_2michelle obamaAs the First Lady reminded her guests, one of every three children in the United States is overweight or obese—but if we take responsibility for our health, this preventable problem will be a thing of the past.

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One of the things I loved about the First Ladies speech was when she said, “my mother was also very clear in our household that you ate what she fixed“. You guys don’t know how many times I went to bed without dinner when my Mom fixed cabbage or liver. But the main enemy was ‘peas‘, they were just too squishy for my tastes. One fateful night I decided that if I just scraped the peas off my plate, and placed the plate on top of them, my Mom would think that I ate the peas. Well, I’m sure you can guess how well that turned out. 😉

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BBC Besieged by Anti-Fascist Protesters Over Whites-Only Party Guest

UK Far-Right Leader in Controversial TV Appearance

BNP party leader Nick Griffin, pelted with eggs

BNP party leader Nick Griffin, pelted with eggs

AP—The leader of Britain’s far-right party outlined his vision in a controversial television debut that critics fear could help his whites-only party ease into the political mainstream.

British National Party leader Nick Griffin feuded with fellow panelists and was excoriated by hostile audience members in a tense appearance on the BBC’s “Question Time” program Thursday night.

It was hard-going,” he told The Associated Press in telephone interview after the show, describing the program as “a bit like a boxing match. I took some punches but I was able to land some punches too.” Still, he complained that the audience had been stacked with minorities.

They put us on in London where the indigenous population is in the minority so we don’t have much sympathy or support,” he said.

'Question Time' host David Dimbleby

'Question Time' host David Dimbleby

Question Time gathers Britain’s leading politicians, journalists and other public figures in a panel to take questions from a studio audience. The three-decade-old program has become something of a national institution, and many have condemned Griffin’s invitation as awarding his far-right group an undeserved aura of political respectability.

The BBC said that, as a publicly funded broadcaster, it must cover all political parties that have a national presence. The BNP has no seats in the Britain’s Parliament, but earlier this year the party won two seats in the European legislature.

The program showed Griffin defending himself against accusations that he sympathized with the ideals of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party – but also showed him ducking the question of whether he ever denied the Holocaust.

I do not have a conviction for Holocaust denial,” he said, smiling faintly as the studio audience snickered. He later said he had changed his mind about the Holocaust, but then refused to explain exactly how.

Fellow panelist Chris Huhne, a lawmaker with Britain’s Liberal Democrats party, spoke for many of the show’s guests when he predicted that Griffin’s credibility “is going to be seriously damaged by his performance.”

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Protesters Besiege BBC Studios Over Far-Rightist TV Appearance

APTOPIX BRITAIN FAR RIGHTReuters—Hundreds of angry demonstrators besieged the BBC’s television studios on Thursday to protest against a planned appearance by the leader of the far-right British National Party on a flagship political program.

A small number of protesters burst into the television center in West London, dodging a heavy security cordon, but were escorted out, a BBC spokeswoman said.

Some 400 demonstrators, brandishing placards reading “Stop the Fascist BNP” and shouting “Smash the BNP” protested outside.

BNP leader Nick Griffin has been invited to appear as a panelist on the BBC’s Question Time debate show due to be recorded at the center later on Thursday.

The first appearance by a far-right politician on a program regularly watched by three million people has aroused strong reactions, with anti-racism groups arguing the BNP should not be given a platform and others backing it on free speech grounds.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Mark Thompson, director-general of the publicly funded BBC, defended the decision, saying it was based purely on support for the BNP at the ballot box in recent elections and that it was up to politicians to bar parties.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the choice of panelists was a matter for the BBC but added that he thought Griffin’s appearance would backfire on the right-wing party.

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