Biker Slang So You Can Get Your Ass Kicked

Sure, be a douche like the TV bikers and sling the biker slang.  Do yourself a favor.  Talk the talk in front of your bathroom mirror.  Not out on the street where your pretend wanna be ass could get hurt.

And leave your homemade colors at home. Where you should also be,.

But if you want to learn the biker lingo for some reason start with this Squidoo article.

Or just make up your own and protect your back warmer (??)

Road To Revenge—Motorcycle Build-Off

So we have yet another motorcycle build off with Senior trying to show he is better than his son, Junior.  The Teutuls.  American Chopper that later became named other titles for television as Dad later fired his son, and then pretended Junior just didn’t come to work one day.

Then Dad sued his son and pretended that he did not.  And it all played out on television for the last decade on he Discovery Channel.

And last year they had the build-off to see who could build the better bike in the midst of Senior vs Junior which was actually the name of the show for a while.

I used to like the show, I even liked some of their bikes, but it was about the relationships in the family.  It was that strange.  In fact it was so strange who do you add to the bike build off to jazz it up boys & girls?  Jesse James you say?  Really?  The Bad Boy of bike building.  Well, maybe he once was.  He started TV bike building.  And then he did all of his Hollywood things.

Last year, as you know, Junior won.  Jesse was second and Senior???  He came in about #98 in a  man competition.  Everyone else got like 250,000 votes.  Senior got one vote.  He built a tank.  Not a car, not a bike, a tank on a track.  It was an interesting  vehicle.  It was not a motorcycle and he should have been disqualified.

This year who wins?  Jesse still talks shit.  Senior still talks about what a dick his son is.  Junior is still pretty quiet but he gets involved in some of the arguments this time.  And who do you add to Jazz it up?  Gas Monkey Garage.  They have talked on the show that they build bikes and they worked on one once.  They are pretty funny.

Jesse James blows off the bike building deadline.  They give him an extra two weeks.  Senior enjoyed the extra two weeks and put in the full 14 days on his bike.  Junior didn’t seem surprised.  Gas Monkey went crazy and wanted Jesse disqualified.

Then Jesse blew off the two-week extension and four weeks AFTER the extension was over….Jesse’s bike still was not finished.  Did not run.  Or something.  So the question in Vegas was “Is Jesse here”  “Is JJ’s bike here?”  “Does it run?”

Yes, he was here in the gambling haven.  Yes his bike was here.  Yes, his bike runs.  The question??  Should Jesse be disqualified?  They decide to let the other builders determine Jesse James’ fate.  Of course, for the sake of TV they all agree to let him compete.  It has always been the way builders in the real Biker-Build-Off series came down with folks who were late.  The bike is the important thing and the bike didn’t do anything wrong so let the competition continue.

Who won?  Junior of course.  Second, Gas Monkey Garage.  Third, Jesse.  98th, Senior.  The same one guy from last year also voted for Senior this year.

Next year?  Well. American Chopper, the Senior vs Junior show this season, will not be back next year.  On the Discovery Channel.

Will Jesse’s show still be on TV?  Probably not. And Gas Monkey?  Probably will.

Another build off between this peeps?  I hope not.

Congratulations Junior, nice bike.  And Gas Monkey, my choice this year.  I’m ok with Junior winning but I liked the Dallas bike better.

Antiue and Vintage Pocketknives

*****STILL BEING WORKED ON*****

So you have already seen the post mostly about switchblades and my collection.  I really like switchblades.  I love the function of them and the beauty as well.  The U.S. laws and state & local laws against switchblades are stupid.  I understand the need to regulate and the fear that was generated by some inner city gangs in the 1950s.

Well it turns out that switchblades are the least we have to worry about huh??

Anyway this post is about pocketknives, old-fashioned folding knives like your grandfather used to carry.

Maybe you carry one every day too, or want to.  Or maybe you collect them.

Pacquaio vs Bradley—June 9, 2012

You can read some of my previous boxing posts and get a clear sense that I am not a Manny Pacquaio fan.

So I do not cry over his loss to Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012.

That loss was due to some poor officiating, in fact some completely inept officiating.

A SacBee column today has this:

“After Timothy Bradley’s split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiaoon Saturday, an old friend posted a comment on my Facebook page: “Believing in boxing is like believing in the Tooth Fairy.”

Read more from the Bee here  it has some interesting information and a POV that many will share.  People always wind up with a thought that boxing is fixed after a decision like this one.  This wasn’t as bad as others.

It was clearly Pacquaios win.  He hit Bradley more often, he hit Bradley harder, he on more rounds.  He coasted a little in late rounds and left the fight up to the judges.  This is always a bad decision even when you win.  Because you can easily have a fight that you won slip right through your gloves.

I had the Pac-Man ahead in eight of the twelve rounds.

The HBO ringside expert had Pacquaio winning the fight in 11 of the 12 rounds.  He had Bradley winning just one round, and yet…

The Associated Press had Pacquaio winning the bout by a score of 117-111.  And yet…

As bad as the officiating and the decision was in this fight, it was not the worst that I have seen.

But the decision in this fight was so bad that an Irish betting site refunded the bets as what they have called a “justice payout.”  Never have I seen that happen.

Paddy Power, Ireland’s largest telephone betting service, issued this statement on its blog on Sunday:

It was a result that stunned the world, even by modern professional boxing standards.

Last night in Las Vegas the brilliant Filipino Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight belt to Timothy Bradley in a controversial split-decision defeat.

With that Paddy Power has rolled out one of our famous Justice Payouts. If you had placed a bet on Manny to win in a pre-fight outright or on points, that money is now back in your account. We Hear You!

Even Floyd Mayweather had things to say about the decision telling the judges to “find a new job’.  But he also reminded people that is was last November when Juan Manuel Marquez had a win stolen from him and given to Pacquaio by the judges.

I feel like Pacquiao won the fight but I am not going to sugarcoat nothing. The last fight belonged to Marquez,” Mayweather said while referring to Pacquiao’s majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez this past November. “This one belonged to Pacquiao. I’m calling it like it is,” Mayweather continued.

Boxers are always warned not to leave things up to the men who sit ringside and judge things round to round.  Anything short of a knockout can be judged either way.  And maybe this was just payback.

But he did not knock Bradley out.  He never even knocked Bradley down.

Will there be a rematch?  Apparently in November 2012.

Will both men make a lot of money in the rematch??

Will Pacquaio win the rematch???

Will some people claim that boxing is faked?

2012 Summer Music Festival Seaon

The 2012 Summer Music Festival Season is almost upon us!!!

Are you ready?  Do you know where you will be going?  And who you will be listening to?? Do you even care this summer???

LOVE the summer music season…usually!  This year maybe not so much.

Summer outdoor music festivals offer plentiful listening opportunities, fresh air and a chance to catch up with festival-only friends.

You know, festival-only friends. They are like childhood summer camp friends, but with more facial hair.

The idea of being able to camp and share an experience, and a living environment – you end up creating these friendships that are very intense,” said Dan DeWayne, co-founder of the 16-year-old California WorldFest in Grass Valley. “You spend more time (with festival friends) than with your best friend.”

A festival friendship “is very leveling,” DeWayne added. “No one cares what you do with your outside life – what car you drive or what you do for a living.”

At festivals, musical affinity and/or discovering new acts matter more.”

March Madness 2012: NCAA College Basketball Championships

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Are you ready?

March Madness 2012 is almost here!!!  The Big Dance!

The NCAA College Basketball Championships  give every team the opportunity to be an upset star even if they are not perceived to be among the top teams in the country.  It is so much different from the college Football championships where the sports writers still basically “pick” the champion each year.

In NCAA college basketball teams pick themselves.  Usually the top teams make it to the Sweet 16 round where the last 16 teams standing vie for the Final Four spot from which a champion will be crowned.

When is the 2012 March Madness?

 From 3/13/12 to 3/23/12

So who will be in the mix this year?  Will your favorite team be there?  Will the nation’s Top teams still be there when we get down to 16 teams?  Will you win your Final Four pool at work or at school?  Or online?

Heck even the President loves March Madness.  so get your “Brackets” ready.

Are you a Comcast/Xfinity customer?  Go here to sign up and win great prizes in their tournament.  Their March to Glory has $1,000 daily prizes and a $10,000 Grand Prize!

Sign in with your Comcast ID before the games begin on March 13th and you’ll be ready to catch the college basketball action online with XFINITY from 3/13/12 to 3/23/12

Check your cable provider and your cellular service provider to find out about their tournament.

And players?  Players often cement their Draft placement or move up or down based on their performance especially in the Final Four teams.

The NCAA even has their own Bracket Challenge .  Throw your bracket at the basket!!!

Build your own tournament and host it on paper or online yourself.

Here’s a March Madness flow chart to help you balance career, school, family and yes……..Basketball!

You don’t want to track the teams as they win, lose and move along or fly out?

ESPN will update this actual bracket starting Sunday March 11th.

Check out the Brackets Everywhere ad!!  Excellent.

The Men’s Final Four will be in New Orleans this year.  The women’s Final Four is hosted in Denver.

March 11th:

The Dr is in (the Brackets!!)

Print the pic below and fill it in before the games start March 13th!!!  The teams are set and you can check the NCAA interactive bracket here  for the 1st round of games.  It will be updated game by game until the 2012 championship so save the link.

The Dr has…Notre Dame beating Syracuse in the championship game.

Go Irish!!!

  • Kentucky
  • Syracuse
  • North Carolina
  • Michigan State

And although I just put Notre Dame in my “wild seed” racket as the eventual Champion…that was indeed my Wild Child Seed….

 I expect North Carolina to be the eventual 2012 NCAA Champions crowned in New Orleans.

And my $$$ Bracket has NC over Syracuse for all the Benjamins!!!

Kentucky has a very good team with just two losses this year.  But loss #2 happened just this past weekend…to lowly (but bracketed) Vanderbilt.  That ended Kentucky’s 24 game winning streak.

And watch out for one of the Final Four teams from last year…little known VCU.

Michigan State was the only one of these top 4 teams that actually won their conference tournament as they defeated another big time team, Ohio State.

Bubble teams such as Drexel, Seton Hall, Mississippi State and Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington curse what might have been as they did not make it into this years tourney, and will be wondering how Iona, California, North Carolina State and South Florida made it in.

The Big East led all conferences with nine teams, including defending national champion Connecticut, a dangerous No. 9 seed, conference tournament winner Louisville and, of course, Syracuse,which cruised through most of the season with only one loss.”

Bracket Smack-it

One more day and they are OFF!!!

Are you a gambler??  Vegas picks their winners here.  Check the link.  I don’t want to spoil it for you.
And what about the Glass Slipper this year?  Well, it won’t be the perpetual Cinderella team Butler.  They did not maker it into the 60 team grouping this time .  The bulldogs were not selected for the first time since 2006.
So without Butler are these the four teams that may wear that sweet Glass Slipper and be called the 2012 Cinderella team???

Long Beach State: The 49ers played a tough nonconference schedule before beating up the likes of UC Davis en route to the Big West Conference title. Games against Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina prepared The Beach for mid-March games.

Saint Mary’s: His teammates in Moraga call him “Delly.” Outside the Bay Area, junior Matthew Dellavedova is unknown. The dynamic point guard who led the Gaels to the Sweet 16 as a freshman is ready for another run.

Harvard: If you think the basketball world went “Lin-sane” when the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin took New York and the NBA by surprise, imagine the chaos his Ivy League alma mater could cause with an early win.

Detroit: The Titans are the first Horizon League representative other than Butler since 2006 and long shots considering they tied for third in league. But Clint Eastwood says we should rally behind Detroit, and we don’t want to make Dirty Harry’s day.

Read more at the link above.

Good stories & good NCAA teams!!

KENTUCKY – The Wildcats are so loaded that John Calipari’s biggest worry heading into the postseason was that his players would be so busy worrying about the NBA draftthat they would forget to take care of business. That might well have been the case last year when Kentucky was beaten in the national semifinals by Connecticut

MISSOURI – There is no quieter top-five team in the country than the Tigers. That’s probably fine with first-year coach Frank Haith, who made the wrong kind of headlines before the season when questions were raised about his ties with a booster at the University of Miamiwho liked to show players a good time.

LAMAR – No, the Cardinals won’t make a run deep into the NCAA tournament, though that doesn’t make them any less fascinating. Lamar hasn’t lost since coach Pat Knight ripped into them for being, among other things, quitters and drug users.Psychologists can debate the method, but no one can debate Lamar’s place in the tournament

SYRACUSE – Bernie Fine won’t be on the bench for this Final Four run, and for a while it looked like Jim Boeheim might not be either. But Boeheim survived the child sex-abuse scandal surrounding his longtime assistant and his team won 31 games to get the No. 1 seed in the East. Assuming yet another scandal – players on previous teams not being suspended for positive drug tests- doesn’t derail the Orangemen, they have a legitimate shot of making the title game for the fourth time in Boeheim’s 36 years in charge.

MICHIGAN STATE – My personal favorite (the Sacramento Bee writer of the article covering the above teams) in the tournament, if only because I love the way Tom Izzo coaches. He schedules tough teams and isn’t afraid to take a few hits doing it, something that happened this year in opening losses to Duke and North Carolina.

So many good stories. Almost as many good teams.
March 13th:I hadda call in sick!
I got that old Bracketitisachoo ya’ll!   Because today is the day, tourney time starts NOW!!!
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Thru March 12th my Wild Child Voodoo Bracket status is:
                       Place            Percentile
voodooDr      0 190,963            55
Not too bad actually.  Like a trillion-gazillion peeps have entered the official Bfracket Challenge at www.NCAA.com
I won’t stay in the top 55% long unless a few long-shots win.  Well, a lot of long-shots.
March 15th:
I dropped a little.  Not too bad, but it means some of my long shot teams imploded and failed me…miserably.
                           Place           Percentile
voodooDr       0 214,825               49
March 16th:
Only a slight drop again.  I’m hanging in there, need a ouple of good wins to get back to .500!  Anybody in the official NCAA Challenge?  Post your status in the comment setion below or (like some have) on Twitter.  I won’t put them here unless ou ask me too.
But James…damn!  How you keep going up when I keep going down man??  Great work and good luck.
                           Place           Percentile
voodooDr   13    224,537            47
Have a good St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow with all that green (or red) beer, corned beef & cabbage you an stand.  I’m hoping it will be a good day for Notre Dame tomorrow.
On Thursday Vandy got some!  Nice game.  After falling asleep they sent Linsanity’s Harvard group home early in the “brain bowl”.
And Murray State made it thru their game??  Really??  It meant a loss for me ad I had Colorado St in that game.
Wins were Marquette, Louiseville, Baylor, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Kansas state.
Losses were U Conn in the upset of the tourney so far…Long Beah State (in kinda my long-shot for the day I guess)
Top Seeds were 109-0 in their opening games.  Zero.  Z-E-R-O!!
March 17th:
I kept the losing streak away…until yesterday when my bracket fell in the toilet!
Entry            Points        Rank      Percentile
voodooDr     18                273,528         35
Losses included longshot St Marys & San Diego State.  Duke, although I really like Lehigh’s team and attitude.  And the big one?Mizzou…I feel for you.  I cannot believe Misssouri lost.  I went out and did not watch the game expecting they had no problem with lowly Norfolk State,  I gotta watch that game now.   How could they win?
 Props to the Spartans.  Are they the 2012 Cinderella team???
March 18th:
Climbed UP a few percentile points….oh yeh!  From 35th to 39th.  Overall Rank went up like 40,000.
     Entry       Overall Points     Overall Rank      Overall Percentile
voodooDr          28                         257,445                39
Indiana moves on…nice.
Wins came from Marquette, Ohio St, Louiseville, Kentucky and Syracuse.
Sweet 16 here we are.
Losses included VCU, Coorado and Vandy.
March 19th:
Dropped a few more percentile points.  Once my longshots dropped off the board the teams that are left go up against Top Seeds.  That’s my excuse.
My  good wins were NC State and Cincinnatti.  Cinncinnatti???
My losses?  Lehigh,  Purdue and Saint Louis.
    Entry              Overall Points          Overall Rank        Overall Percentile
voodooDr              28                              280,897                         34
March 23rd:
Same Percentile, climbed up 20k in Rank and good bump in points:
Entry          Overall Points                 Overall Rank         Overall Percentile
voodooDr      32                                    277,801                           34
Wow!  Louiseville was all over the Michigan State Spartans.  Having Magic Johnson courtside for his Alma Mater did no good as the Cardinals smashed them 57-44.  Louiseville’s big center Gorgui Dieng slapped away 7 shots with his shot blocking prowress.
Syracuse seems to be on their way to a Final Four spot surviving y one point against Wisconsin while Ohio State cruised past Cincinnatti.
Syracuse & Ohio State meet up on March 244th for that Final Four berth while Louisevile will meet Florida who made it by Marquette.
On March 25th, North Carolina meets NC State.  Maybe.
If we get this game, this shoud be the best matchup in this entire series.  Inter-state rivalry, two top teams…man…AFTER they both make it past their opponents today.  NC meets Ohio while NC State takes on Kansas.
March 24th:
My Percentile remains the same while my Total Points go up by 2 and my Rank drops by 2,000.
Entry                    Overall Points                  Overall Rank                     Overall Percentile
voodooDr                 36                                     279,619                                        34
North Carolina wins a squeaker with their injured star Guard, Kendall Marshall, while the Kansas Jayhawks had their star Guard Taylor, but may have wished they didn’t he played so poorly.  Kansas slipped past NC State anyway.
So no interstate NC vs NC State this year!
Baylor made it past Xavier, only to have to face the Kentucky powerhouse now.
March 25th:
With some of my primary teams gone I stick pretty much in the same spot each da,  Mizzou, Michigan St, Notre Dame (ha ha) all gone…
Entry              Overall Points          Overall Rank                Overall Percentile
voodooDr           36                              280,192 34
Even if my primary pick, Syracuse, stayed around and went on to win it all I won’t jump up much if an ecause my other teams are mostly gone from the race.
Good job Ohio State….and my friend Isaac who picked them….beating Syracuse.  It’s what is so exciting about the one-and-out tournament.
And Louiseville goes to the Final Four after beating Florida.
My picks based on the actual Sweet 16 are going well other than the early ouster for Michigan St.  And the ouster of Syracuse.  And who else?  Dang…
March 26th:
The only teams I expected to make it to the Championships that actually made it??  Kentucky.  Ohio State.
                                                                         Congratulation to Louisville & Kansas.
Dropped one percentile point.  One thousand in Rank.
Entry           Overall Points                  Overall Rank                 Overall Percentile
voodooDr            36                                  281,518 33
And so we have:
Saturday March 31st—
Kentucky vs Louisville
Ohio State vs Kansas
My pick?  Maybe one out of four is easier??  Kentucky over Kansas on Monday, April 2nd.
April 1st:
Entry          Overall Points           Overall Rank          Overall Percentile
voodooDr         36                              281,739                       33
Kentucky yeh!
Kansas yeh!
April 3rd:
A bit lower in rank, same pointss and same Percentile.
 
Entry           Overall Points             Overall Rank                Overall Percentile
voodooDr           36                              281,754                               33
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March 15th:

Before today’s games the SB Nation has NCAA Bracket Predictions: Breaking Down Each Region And Looking For A Winner.

We’ll start with the Final Four.

South – Kentucky

West — Mizzou

East — Ohio St.

Midwest – North Carolina

My Champion pick out of those four?  Gotta be Missouri.  Excellent guard heavy team should sign in the NCAA for sure.  Kentucky would have a great chance.  Ohio State is everyone’s pick, but not mine this year.  But definitely Final Four material.  NC State scares me.  Excellent excellent team.
Great article as he weaves thru every team to get to his very good Final Four selections:
 Final Four Semifinals 1 Kentucky over 2 Missouri 2 Ohio State over 2 KansasFinal 1 Kentucky over 2 Ohio State
March 21st:
The Sweet Sixteen!!!  Image gallery of the teams still in the quest for the 2012 NCAA title.
*****My Sweet 16 Picks*****
NOTE:  I have to re-work this and post again with the same picks.  WordPress just doesn’t like my formatting.  This will be attempt #4 (and the last

First team is MY pick…..BOLD is actual winner.  I added the team moving on in parenthesis ( ),  below my choice if it is different.

                                                            

                                                               Championship Game

                                                             Syracuse/North Carolina
And that’s your winner.
The Orangemen of Syracuse beating the 2012 version of the Tar Heels from North Carolina!!
Unless I’m wrong…
March 26th:
Yes, I was wrong wasn’t I???  That’s why I am in the 33rd percentille and dropping…
And so we have:
Saturday March 31st—
Ohio State vs Kansas
My pick?  Maybe one out of four is easier??  Kentucky over Kansas on Monday, April 2nd.
March 31st:
1/2 of my game picks get there for Monday.
Kentucky beats Louisville 69-61.  Louisville was a scary team in this game even though Kentucky had the superior group.  You just never know.
Anthony Davis and top-seeded Kentucky will play for the national title Monday night after finally putting away pesky Louisville 69-61 in the Final Four on Saturday night. It will be Kentucky’s first appearance in the title game since winning a seventh NCAA crown back in 1998. The Wildcats (37-2) will face the winner of Kansas-Ohio State.”
Good job Wildcats!
Good job Jayhwks!
Now on Monday we will have Kentucky over Kansas.  Shouldn’t be close.  This is a great matchup for Kentucky, they will punish Kansas inside.
April 2nd:
Who did not expect Kentucky to win tonight?  And who did expect Kansas to come back so well against this Kentucky team.
It kept looking like a blowout and Kansas just kept fighting.  Kentucky was obviously the better team but Kansas refused to quit, refused to concede, refused to give up.  This team has guts.
For the record: Kentucky wins 67-59 over Kansas for the 2012 title.

The Undy 5000

Sacramento hosted the fabulous Undy 5000.  A walk/run event to promote colon-cancer awareness has participants compete in their undies—over their clothes on a day that started quite chilly and turned out quite pleaant.

“There is no shortage of comic potential when someone runs around with their underwear worn outside their clothing.

On Saturday, in Land Park, many people did just that, in a lighthearted pursuit tinged with a ribbon of less-than-comic urgency – the Undy 5000, a 5-kilometer race/walk whose underlying goal is to shine a light on colon cancer.

This is the first year Sacramento has hosted the race which is offered in many cities.

Here is a list of the events that are planned in various cities.  Find yours and if your city does not yet have an Undy 5000…start one!

More than 550 runners participated in the 5K and accompanying 1 mile race.”

My mother survived colon cancer some 35 years ago.  Back in the dark ages of the diease.  I say a thank you to her surgeons every day.

Have your colonoscopy.  They aren’t bad just take a day or part of a day.

And it can save your life.

And the next time you hear there will be an Undy 5000…join in and compete!

Gentleman (and gentlewomen) start your undies!!!

Kayla Allen of Rocklin takes a photo of the “Pucker up” logo on the back of the underwear of friend and fellow  competitor Sandra Coyne of Seattle at Saturday’s Undy 5000 race/walk.

200 Year-Old Wooden Chinese Gods

I can find others on the internet but not these exact dudes.

They have been in my family forever.  So, even if they are not one-of-a-kind rare they are very old.

Plus they have teeth that I was always told are ivory.  Maybe they are bone, but they are still very white.

The Call To Action—November 17th

A Call To Action

November 17, 2011

10 am- 11:30 am

Resist austerity. Reclaim the economy. Recreate our democracy.

New York City Schedule of events

—Check Back at the link, It Will Be Updated!!!

  • Wall Street-  7:00 am: Resist austerity!                                        SHUT DOWN WALL STREET
  • All Five Boroughs-  2:30 pm: Reclaim our democracy!          OCCUPY THE SUBWAYS
  • Foley square- 5 pm-: Rebuild our economy!                                TAKE THE SQUARE

November 17th:

Don’t believe the media hype trying to sell you on the idea that the protestors are bad people doing bad things–living in their own feces and crap like that repeated on your TV over & over.

November 17th was an Historic Day of Action Nationwide

check this article out

On November 17th, during this Call to Action, among the arrested are:

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis

City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito

City Council Member Jumaane Williams

Workers United International Vice President Wilfredo Larancuent

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry

SEIU 1199 President George Gresham

CWA Vice President Chris Shelton

CWA Vice President , Fr. Luis Barrios of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who has been supportive of the Occupy movement, was among those arrested outside of the park. Police Commission(er) Ray Kelly said Rodriguez was trying to get through police lines to reach the protesters.

All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited,” retired Police Captain Ray Lewis said. “As soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again.”

“The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” Bloomberg said. “Ever since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with, as the park has been taken over by protesters, making it unavailable to anyone else.”

The Wall Street march today in NYC:

From Shen Tong:  Police barricade park now – won’t allow people to leave. un-confirmed report: beating of people in zuccotti park by police

A number of folks have been reporting the same activities this morning.

And not just in NYC as this Day of… has reached nationwide.

And there are an awful lot of cops in NYC:

These officers are watching over the tents???

The NYC Subway system will be occupied today!!!

  • 3:00 pm: OCCUPY THE SUBWAYS RECLAIM our democracy! Throughout the boroughs, we will gather at 7 central subway hubs, to listen to a singular story from one of our hardest-hit and most inspirational neighbors. Bronx: Fordham Rd, and 3rd Ave/138th Brooklyn: Broadway Junction, and Borough Hall Queens: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave, and Jamaica Center Parsons Archer Manhattan: 125th st, and Union Square Staten Island: St George/Staten Island Ferry
  • Bronx: Fordham Rd, and 3rd Ave/138th
  • Brooklyn: Broadway Junction, and Borough Hall
  • Queens: Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave, and Jamaica Center Parsons Archer
  • Manhattan: 125th st, and Union Square
  • Staten Island: St George/Staten Island Ferry
  • Then we will take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”. We will rise up from the underground to join thousands of others gathered in the light of day, at Foley Square.

Then we will take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”. We will rise up from the underground to join thousands of others gathered in the light of day, at Foley Square.

From: https://www.facebook.com/events/241419422582978/

Reporters from the Daily Caller have been beten by police during actions today.  The Daily Caller is a right-wing news organization and website.

Above is Meichelle Fields, a reporter for the Daily Caller who was beaten by NYC police and helped by the protestors on Nov 17th.

Meichelle states that “Direna had a camera in her hand and I had a microphone, and we were being hit,” she said. “When I fell to the ground I said at one point, ‘I’m just covering this! I’m covering this!’  And the officer just said, ‘Come on, get up, get up,’ before pulling me up by my jacket.’” “The protesters came up to me right away and asked if I needed any medical assistance. They were actually very kind and helpful. It was the police officers who were very aggressive,” Fields added.”

The bold is from the article, and you can read more at the link above the photo.

A group also marched to Union Square in NYC.

Sign this petition and help shame NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who seems to be shameless.

  On this Day of Action, while the Brooklyn Bridge is an Occupied in NYC and some 276 people have been arrested in New York by 4 pm PT.

Earlier today a Restraining Order was filed in San Diego by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) against both the City and the San Diego Police Department.  The NLG has said:

The SDPD are currently arbitrarily telling people who walk through the Civic Center that if they set down anything—their purse, their bag, a chair, or in one case even a tomato plant—, they will be arrested,” said attorney Bryan Pease.

The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech and the right to peacefully assemble—municipal code section 54.010 and how it is being enforced by the SDPD is unconstitutional… Even if the court does not grant the TRO because they want to allow the city time to prep their arguments, this is a text book case of unconstitutional enforcement of a municipal code and I believe we will be successful at the preliminary injunction hearing.”

More at the above link.

At 8:15 pm ET there are helicopters, NYPD & news, overhead.

The Brooklyn Bridge is now home to a marching band, a People’s Library and a projector!!  Someone adds “Let’s set up a kitchen!”.  Great idea.

Before the march began from Foley Square, the NYPD could be seen futzing with their kettleing nets.

Demonstrations, protests and March in NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Sacramento and so many cities in between.

And we in America care about the protestors in Syria who yearn to be free enough to protest without fear of arrest or injury. 

The photo below is from a protest in @OccupySeattle today:

Because some people, like Dennis Gartman in Forbes Magazine, actually celebrates income inequality.  How can you celebrate that shit and look your mother in the eye?  How can you celebrate that shit and kiss your children in the morning??  I do not understand…

We celebrate income disparity and we applaud the growing margins between the bottom 20% of American society and the upper 20% for it is evidence of what has made America a great country. It is the chance to have a huge income… to make something of one’s self; to begin a business and become a millionaire legally and on one’s own that separates the US from most other nations of the world. Do we feel bad for the growing gap between the rich and the poor in the US? Of course not; we celebrate it…”

President Obama Has Done More Than President Bush To End The War On Terror

President Obama Has Dona More than President Bush To End The War On Terror,

With the October 20, 2011 news to President Gadhafi was killed in a NATO strike, ending his 42 year reign of terror in Libya and around the world, it has become even more obvious that President Obama’s 1st four years as President of the United State of America have been very successful in knocking down leaders of terror worldwide including in 2011:

May 1: Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

June 3: Ilyas Kashmiri, senior al-Qaida member and one of the five potential successors to al-Qaida leadership, is killed by a drone attack in Ghwakhwa area of South Waziristan, Pakistan.

June 8: Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, al-Qaida leader in East Africa and the mastermind of the East Africa embassy bombings was shot dead by Somali forces at a checkpoint in the capital. He was identified by a wanted poster provided by the U.S. military.

August 22: Attiyah Abd al-Rahman, newly minted No. 2 in al-Qaida, is killed by drone attack in North Waziristan. Attiyah was also seen by the CIA as potential successor to bin Laden and had served as bin Laden’s “chief of staff” prior to the May 1 attack.

September 30: Anwar al-Awlaki, operational leader in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, is killed by drone attack in Yemen’s al-Jawf province. He, too, had been identified as a potential successor to bin Laden.

October 20: Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s leader for 42 years, was killed in a gun fight by Libyan rebels near Sirte.

U.S. officials remain confident that they are going to find and kill bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Zawahiri himself admits he’s been targeted at least five times.

“Historical footnote: The Marine Barracks bombing in 1983 killed 241 U.S. servicemen and the East Africa embassy bombing and was until the Pan Am 103 bombing the single worst terrorist attack on the United States. It was the handiwork of Imad Mugniyah, who was killed in February 2008 in Damascus, Syria, by a bomb hidden in the headrest of a car. As he walked past the car, the bomb was detonated. It was believed to be the handiwork of a joint U.S.-Israeli operation.”

October 20th:

Obama announces an end to the Iraq war and soldiers will be home for Christmas.  The Iraq war is the loingest most expensive war the U.S. has ever waged and most Americans cannot fully explain the reasoning for the war other than “Weapons of Mass Destruction” which were never found.  an article from The Atlantic magazine is at the link.

The U.S. has not carried out these successful operations by itself, but in close cooperation with our friends and allies throughout the world.  We have learned that we do not need to act alone to be successful in the war on terror.

These are global successes.issues and global successes.

We can only hope that Mugabe is next.

Maybe Bush had a foreign policy???

Obama’s policy: Soon after taking office, President Obama ordered then-CIA director Leon Panetta to “redouble” efforts to track down al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Just six months after 9/11, President Bush said of bin Laden, “I really just don’t spend much time on” bin Laden. In 2005, Bush shut down the CIA’s unit dedicated to tracking him because resources were needed to fight the war in Iraq. “

Did you know Bush shut the unit down?  I didn’t.  No wonder he did not find him, then when Obama did find Bin Laden, Bush shrugged it off as “luck”.

Obama has had foreign policy SUCCESSES!!

Read about Obama’s  successes HERE

The primary successes are:

  • Killed Osama Bin Laden, ramped up campaign against Al Qaeda
  • Mobilized international coalition to protect Libyan Pro-democracy demonstrators (now do the same here in the U.S. Mr President
  • Ordered the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by end of the year
  • Isolated and weakened Iran
  • Repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (yes, I know.  Some people do not see that as a oreign policy success.  Or as a success at all.  Read the detail in the article)
  • Halved the number of Russian and American nuclear launchers (By itself, this may be the biggest success long term)
  • Supported Democratic transition in Egypt
  • Killed senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al Awlaki
  • Strengthened U.S.-Israel relationship (some peeps try to paint Obama as anti-Israel.  Not true)

 

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