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  1. Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    these contain champagne 

    oj and champ

    have you noticed that i havent been blogging a ton a ton?

    yeah me too.

    ive been pretty busy party rocking, i mean working.

    today at work i went 5 hours without taking a break and i went in the break room for some water

    and i saw this, all these plastic glasses with OJ and champagne.

    even though it’s Thanksgiving weekend and i could have been ok with a mimosa,

    for some reason i have a hard time drinking at work

    i like to be at 100% when im here.

    i like to rock super hard when im getting paid. and then rock half super hard at night

    when im either researching for work or actually working on the side.

    for the xbi

    im a freak.

    also i dont like pulp in my mimosa

  2. Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    dreams come true when youre asleep 

    etienne at the hard rock

    this has been the best and worst year of my life.

    i have enjoyed extremely high highs and survived shocking lows.

    people have rejected, wooed, shunned, and loved me in ways id never expected.

    i nearly died five times, twice in the same night in vegas

    the xbi alone has tried to take me in and then take me out in the same day

    i was enlightened more than once this year but not in a vortex.

    this whole year has been a vortex.

    a trippy slow-motion one where i got spit out at the end and landed miraculously unscathed.

    there is nothing on my walls. it is the Buddhist goal of emptiness.

    the cubs now have the most sought after baseball mind in the game.

    i feel like i finally have the beginnings of a good understanding of canada

    my home away from home.

    i had the most amazing summer vacation, in the fall.

    appropriate because i have risen, and fallen, repeatedly.

    and when this year is up

    i’ll be alone.

    dreams do come true, however,

    but they expire faster than a kardashian wedding.

    so eat all the cake, before you wake.

  3. Monday, November 21, 2011
  4. Sunday, November 20, 2011

    the millennial moment happened in davis, california 

    i know i complain about the kids today.

    i know i taunt them unfairly when i ask them “where is your Zeppelin, your Clash, your AC/DC”

    i know they’re trying.

    some of us feel like they have had everything handed to them: the interweb, flat screen tvs, ipods, tivo, jon stewart – and we wonder what have they done with all of that?

    ok not we, me.

    and recently i thought, maybe they have too much, maybe creativity and inspiration comes when you are suffering.

    necessity is the mother of invention, etc.

    then an overweight cop in Davis casually sprayed some of them in the face with pepper spray

    at point blank range and errrything changed.

    and then the very next day, at night, the chancellor of the university where it all went down came out of a long meeting and walked across the campus

    past the students who were in the grass protesting

    and the kids, god bless em, gave the greatest silent treatment to her

    of all time.

    major props to you. seriously.

    now plug in a damn guitar.

  5. freedom is wasted on the incarcerated 

    repeat that you are free

    we all have our different definitions for freedom.

    i pretend that this, the world famous busblog, is home to freedoms, but no.

    sadly i cant write everything i want in here, which is why al gore

    and ev williams invented Secret Blogs.

    but even the 1% cant say the things they really wanna say.

    if they appear racist or sexist or ignorant in major ways they might lose access or profits

    so they usually just keep their mouths closed in public

    which is the opposite of free.

    seems to me that the only ones who can really be free to say what they want

    are babies

    and prisoners in the clink for life terms.

    and oh yes, terrorists.

    who, it appears, have won again.

  6. Saturday, November 19, 2011

    one cop went to jail this week 


    not this one, he didnt do anything wrong.

    he told those kids to move and they wouldnt move.

    they did not respect his authority.

    former Philadelphia police Captain, Ray Lewis

    this guy, former philadelphia police captain, Ray Lewis, was arrested

    for protesting with the Occupy Wall Street movement

    he also explains why it is good that the 99% do not have a leader

    which is interesting since he would make a damn good leader for the movement

    especially if he only dressed in that uniform.

  7. people like food trucks 

    fashion truck

    aint no doubt about that one bit

    if i was a public servant

    or the mayor of los angeles

    id embrace the fact that LA has the most and coolest food trucks

    and id make sure that they were given a regular place to park

    in a part of town that i wanted people to


    a section of town that should be better and only needs probably a small jolt of love.

    cupcake food truckid start with Westwood Village on a weekend.

    a part of LA that used to be one of the great centers of fun.

    sprinkle food trucks on every street and let people mosey from one part of westwood to the other

    and omg maybe duck into a shop along the way and browse

    and maybe purchase something.

    it has blown my mind that in the center of all that affluence there are so many

    empty store fronts and failed businesses.

    if you cannot thrive in a wealthy section of LA, the rest is doomed.

    the answer is food trucks. lots of them. as many as you can.

    they’ll attract tourists.

    they’ll attract the youth.

    and then you can send them to other parts of town.

    its very simple.

    yr welcome.

  8. now we know why this kid wants to be sedated, hes a jets fan 

    remember this adorable kid with his brother in the bath tub singing to the ramones?

    turns out he is a Jets fan, and doesnt realize that the game is played between the lines

    and not played on paper

    at least thats what his video-taping mom is trying to convince him

    while watching him whine and cry

    like a six year old in his pajamas.

    mom just needs to agree with the boy by saying something like the AFC East is a beast

    and although dreams do sometimes come true

    this time theres no way Mark Sanchez is gonna do much but look pretty in defeat.

    now nite nite little guy and figure out a way to dig us out of this economic mess

    that will really make you cry once you turn off ESPN and click over to the actual news.

  9. Shepard Fairey creates Occupy Hope, challenges Obama to represent the average American 

    shepard fairey asks for president obama to help be the voice to the average american

    Shepard Fairey, the LA-based street artist who helped galvanize President Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign with his iconic Hope posters,

    has called out the commander in chief, in a way, with a new poster that eerily incorporates the Guy Fawkes mask

    with the image most closely related to Obama’s historic ascendancy.

    “Mister President we HOPE you’re on our side” reads the text below the blue and red graphic.

    Today Fairey published the image on his Obey/Giant site and said that it  represents his support for Occupy, “a grassroots movement spawned to stand up against corruption, imbalance of power, and failure of our democracy to represent and help average Americans.”

    Fairey wrote that he sees the president “as a potential ally of the Occupy movement if the energy of the movement is perceived as constructive, not destructive. I still see Obama as the closest thing to ‘a man on the inside’ that we have presently. Obviously, just voting is not enough. We need to use all of our tools to help us achieve our goals and ideals. However, I think idealism and realism need to exist hand in hand. Change is not about one election, one rally, one leader, it is about a constant dedication to progress and a constant push in the right direction.”

    He also said that the image may not be totally legal, which is classic, and funny. To me.


    8 1/2 minutes in Jerry Brown’s California 

    UC Davis is about a half hour from the governor’s mansion in Sacramento.

    what you see here is what the XBI calls a power play.

    the students, angry that once again their tuition to attend a public university is going up, staged a sit-down protest on the grounds of their campus.

    the police, ordered from on high to break up the protest, dressed in riot gear and bulletproof vests and pepper sprayed the students when they would not Obey and remove themselves from the sidewalk in the quad of the sleepy campus.

    the results appear to be akin to using a sledgehammer to pop a zit.

    especially when its being documented by scores of camera wielding kids who just happen to be chanting and screaming and making the actions of the public servants seem even more brutal that if the confrontation was merely reported in print.

    there is some video of this standoff that is even more dramatic than this one. showing you that perspective can sometimes intensify or lessen how one feels about the exact same exchange.

    although some governors might puff up in pride if the saw video like this happening 30 minutes from their backyard, im assuming this made Gov. Brown cringe as he is one who often champions “the people”.

    the people got sprayed in the face for occupying a sidewalk in davis.

    and then the cops cowered home on video to the shouts of kids recording it all on their iPads.

    when the billionaire mayor of New York does this sort of thing to the self-proclaimed 99% the symbolism is impossible to miss.

    likewise it’s hard to overlook the irony when peaceful protestors are being roughed up minutes from the mansion of Governor Moonbeam.

    this is the third time Brown has been governor of the Golden State

    seems to me that this could be the first truly Golden opportunity for him to lead in a way that is different than those on the other coast.

    and if it were inspiring leadership, rooted in the liberal foundation that he is known for (and has been elected to echo),

    it could prove more interesting than the pictures that were shot yesterday.

    and for a moment people might not realize that California is in as much trouble as it is.