Brown Shirt, Black Shirt, White Shirt

White shirt, brown shirt, black shirt, I can’t tell the difference. A NYPD white shirt punches a female protester in the face. She goes down for the count a la Rodney King, and of course she gets arrested.

It’s not entirely clear what lead the NYPD to push the civilian as the clip is a bit jerky. From what I can tell, the police where herding the crowd, the police might have pushed the female and she turned to him and might have deflected him initial push at which point she got clocked.

A separate video taken on the same day, shows a police officer in a scooter run over lawyer from the National Lawyer’s Guilde that was present as a legal observer. Again, the video is a little shaky but you can see you do see the police officer in the scooter hit the accelerator, what is also clear is that the police officer parks the scooter right on top of the right ankle of the man he ran over. The police officer puts pressure down on the leg of the man and sits on it for a little bit and eventually gets up with his baton in hand and pushes people clear of the scene leaving the man on the floor at a short distance. The man screams in agony for a few seconds when kicks the scooter off his leg at which point four officers jump on him to make the arrest, assaulting a police officer no doubt.

It’s only a matter of time until the police starts cracking heads.

The Television Show Name

It seems like their is one guy currently naming all the new mid-season television shows. Maybe it is a trend, started by The Office, but many of the names of recent television shows have the following patter The Noun. To see what I mean, here are a few names of new and upcoming television shows.

  • The Hills
  • The City
  • The Office
  • The Beast
  • The Closer
  • The Listener
  • The Mentalist
  • The Philanthropist
  • The Law and Order
  • The Male Chauvinist Pig

Retweet Obama Inauguration

Here I am reblogging some retweets covering the inauguration of President Barack Obama. If you like to follow along, befriend me and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Inauguration

  • A dream deferred will soon be a dream redeemed.
  • Anybody getting tomorrow off because of the inauguration? For some people, this is turning out to be a four day weekend.
  • Watching the inauguration of Barack Obama.
  • Obama became the president four minutes ago, has yet to take the oath.
  • "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…"
  • "On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear…" – Obama
  • "America is a friend of each nation" – Obama
  • "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non believers" – Obama
  • "The World has changed, and we must change with it" – Obama
  • Praise song for the day this horrible inauguration poem ends.
  • Explaining that Bush did not get ‘kicked out’ of the White House but that his lease simply expired.
  • Obama cruzin the parade route on his new caddy.
  • There seem to be half as much security officers as civilians, police two feet apart, two set of barricades, two SUVs full of SS agents.
  • Secret Service don’t do a good job at keeping secret, those along the parade route will have more pictures of SS agents than Obama.
  • Obama is in the house!! I am thinking of a new sitcom ‘Fresh Politician of Capitol Hill.’
  • Security along the parade is colder than the weather, sparse crowds reported.
  • I, for one, welcome our new democrat overlords.
  • Prez Obama making short appearances at gala events. Mrs Obama wearing Jason Wu. Prez Obama dances like a white guy.
  • Prez Obama gave historic inauguration speech, Wall Street responded by losing 332 points, going below 8000.

Text of the Obama Inauguration Speech

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Peace in the Middle East

Those involved in the Mid East conflict are not adherents of the Middle Way. To those that cry for ‘peace in the Middle East,’ I say ‘not in our time.’ The Bush administration warned the Palestinians to to stop firing rockets, but continue dying, and perhaps in the afterlife they can attain peace and a homeland. For peace in the Middle East can only be obtained by the total annihilation and submission of their people.

For every bomb Israel drops on the Palestinians equals to one more day in the war, and hate grows with compound interest. You can’t fight a conventional war, with tanks and heat seeking missiles against a people that don’t have land to stand on, don’t have food to feed their children, don’t have medicine to aid their sick, and don’t have an economy to gainfully employee its populace. There is no military honor, personal glory, and divine justice to fight against and crush to their tombs the disillusioned, desperate, and destitute.

Some defend themselves with tooth and nail, and others with armored vehicles and laser guided missiles. A man that walks into a bus strapped with a bomb is not a martyr, nor is he is a terrorist, he is a desperate soldier in a lost war. The terrorist is he that drops down hundreds of tons of bombs down on towns as it if they where rain drops, and the martyrs are those children dead.

Israel will never allow Palestine, and Lebanon for that matter, to flourish, it will prevent at all costs for its neighbors to grow economically, and it will disrupt any develop into a self sustained independent statehood. Israel feels secure by making those around it insecure, it wants to build a modern society amongst the ruins of those around it, and it wants to redeem and avenge the Holocaust with a long drawn out trans-generational genocide. The Israeli government has drawn out the Final Solution of the Palestinian Question.

First They Laidoff…

Here is a modern economic crisis edition of the poem First They Came…

They laid off first the unskilled workers, and I did nothing because I wasn’t unskilled.
Then they trimmed the manual laborers, and I did nothing because I wasn’t a manual laborer.
Then they outsourced the blue collar worker, and I did nothing because I wasn’t a blue collar worker.
Then they cut back the middle management, and I did nothing because I wasn’t a middle manager.
Then they slashed the knowledge workers, and I did nothing because I wasn’t a knowledge worker.
Then the shutdown without giving the remaining employees any benefits because Bank of America refused to extend a line of credit to the company, and by that time no one was left to do anything since they where all collecting unemployment.

Bailout Bonanza

Here is a stream of my tweets on the possible economic bailout.

  • Bailout = No Bankers left behind. Stop Loss = Soldiers left behind in war zone.
  • Strong economy, it is a bull market. Weak economy, a bear market. Economy collapses, a bear will maul you while a bull gores you..
  • bull market ^ bull shit = collapse + bailout = taxes * people + prices hikes * products = bankers @ vacation homes.
  • I am short on liquid assets, I want the fed to bail me out too.
  • An idea that makes money, even if it doesn’t make any sense, will be considered a great idea. An idea is only dumb when it loses money.
  • The government will not bail out the people, they will only bail out the system.
  • If I fail, maybe my family will bail me out. If the bankers fail, with billions of investors money, then the government bails them out.

Economic Fail

Honest Products

Here is a interesting contest on Worth 1000 that renames commonly used products to match their qualities. Some of my favorite logo hacks are the following FBI and Starbucks logos.

Department of Injustice
Department of Injustice

Caffeine Addiction
Caffeine Addiction

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart is a Venezuelan-American folk rock singer-songwriter and musician. Banhart’s music has been classified as indie folk, psych folk, Naturalismo, and New Weird America; his lyrics are often surreal and naturalistic.

Carmensita

Don’t Look Back In Anger

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