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Richard Nixon one, Herman Cain zero. Herman Cain said yesterday that the 88 year-old Henry Kissinger has declined an offer to serve as Secretary of State in his putative administration.
“Dr. Kissinger turned my offer down to be Secretary of State,” said Cain when asked who he might put in his administration. “He said he’s perfectly happy doing what he’s doing,” Cain added. Cain revealed the offer in a video interview — yeah, that one — with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board.
Cain also mentioned Jim DeMint, Paul Ryan, KT McFarland, John Bolton, and John Chain as potential administration-members, though he didn’t say whether he’d made them job offers. Also, no word yet on whether Spiro Agnew will agree to be Cain’s running mate.
As the Republican candidates for the 2012 Election (with the exception of Ron Paul and John Huntsman) continue to spew garbage out their bunghole. A jewel of wisdom from Newt Gingrich past has come back to haunt him. In 2007, the Hispanics were the scapegoat for America’s woe; it’s never the legislators or the policies they enact into law. However, peep the evidence of hatred that continues to divide poor , middle and working class people. We all face the same problem but the leaders and the dunce of America continue to divide us with BS like racism, class warfare and discrimination. Hey Newt, I suggest you look for the origin of the word ghetto before you open your trap. Peep it:
Now that Gingrich has joined the top tier of the Republican presidential competition, the opposition research from competing campaigns has started coming out.
Exhibit A comes in the from Politico’s Jonathan Martin, who reports that another campaign has begun circulating video from a speech that Gingrich gave in 2007 to the National Federation of Republican Women where he said that Spanish is “the language of living in a ghetto.”
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“We are here to take back what is already ours”
Its January 25th, 2011 the world has their eyes on a nation that finally grew tired of the oppression, the greed, and the isolation that their government had put them through for more than 30 years. Finally, the Egyptian nation stood up, went out and marched, protested, and demanded their country be returned to the rightful owners…THE PEOPLE. It was a time of great pride for the Egyptian people, a time for their voices to be heard. A time for revolution that has come to be known as the “Arab spring.”
As the world watched and for the first time in too long witnessed true democracy unfold, many of us began to question if that was ever going to happen here; what about us?
And so it continued. More Arab nations began to rise up and have their voices heard. Europe was not to be left behind. Those English stood up, looked at each other and said “HELL NAH!” and protested in what became known as the “European summer.” Again, we stood back and questioned if that was ever going to happen here, what about us?
Well, what about us? Aren’t we tired of the bullshit also? Aren’t we tired of the corruption, the lies, and all the stealing? It didn’t seem as if there was going to be any sort of uprising, like Americans were going to sit back and watch without being inspired. Inspiration, however stubborn the person is, is a hard feeling to fight. Well, thousands of us took it in and are now saying enough is enough.
IT JUST GOT REAL FOLKS
October 2011, right on time for autumn, right on time to name our season, the American fall. For too long our country has been in the hands of the corporate oligarchs, the greedy Wall Street executives, the corrupt politicians who through their lies and manipulations have lead us to catastrophe. With more than 14 million people unemployed bringing the rate to 9.1%, a poverty rate of 15.1% meaning more than 45 million people living below the poverty line, budget cuts to the most essential sources such as health care and education, it is time we take back what was stolen from us decades ago. The 99% against the 1% a group of people who own 70% of the nation’s financial assets making America the country with the highest inequality in the industrialized world. If the media wants a reason for why we’re protesting, there it is.
This is class warfare and we’re losing
So we’ve taken to the streets, following our Arab and European brothers and sisters and demanding that our voices be heard, demanding what is right. Liberty Square in NYC has become the epicenter of what we hope to make a revolution. Thousands of Americans coming out to show their support to the movement by marching, protesting and peacefully demonstrating what we are tired of. As you walk through liberty square there is a somewhat surreal feeling. Surreal in the fact that this raw form of democracy is being acted out right here at home in NYC the worlds leading financial market. Shit like this you only see on TV. Walking through, you also feel a sense of togetherness, a sense of unity, a sense of love for what the movement represents. One cannot walk through, feel those emotions and not think of the revolutionary spirit that went through those in Egypt and other parts of the world.
Of course, no revolution is going to happen without the elite trying to fight back. Police brutality along with government shutdowns of some sections of the MTA has been less than surprising. We must remember that the police force is nothing but a branch of the establishment, so naturally the police will defend the interests of the establishment.
They will try and break us, tear us down till we give up. However, the more they attack the more we show up and the more we show up the bigger the movement. The media has not been all that helpful either, portraying the protestors as an uneducated and unfocused group of people who do not know what we are protesting for. One journalist in particular Erin Burnett actually compared our movement to Woodstock…fuckin’ airhead. This is the bourgeois and the proletariat, a classic tale.
Where is Obama in all this? He does not seem to be going against what is happening on Wall Street, saying that this is a reaction to the corporate greed and unfairness that the American people have been facing for decades. It seems though as our brother is letting this ride out, letting it grow to see where it goes. I give it up to him; usually the president will try everything in his power to shut these things down. The President usually will paint us as some radical movement filled with wackos and hippies. I don’t know if it is the upcoming elections or Obama is just tired of the bullshit but it seems as if he is coming around, we just have to wait and see.
So we’ll continue to march and protest till our movement reaches a point they cannot ignore.
October 5th 2011 was nothing to be ignored. New Yorkers came out in record-breaking numbers to march against the corporate oligarchs with the help of major unions such as National Transit Union, United Federation of Teachers, and National Nurses United. Our chants are being heard round the world, our message is strong, and our determination is resilient to every thing. We the people are here to stay and if anyone asks what democracy looks like…well THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
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The state’s largest doctor group is calling for legalization of marijuana, even as it pronounces cannabis to be of questionable medical value.
Trustees of the California Medical Assn., which represents more than 35,000 physicians statewide, adopted the position at their annual meeting in Anaheim late Friday. It is the first major medical association in the nation to urge legalization of the drug, according to a group spokeswoman, who said the larger membership was notified Saturday.
Dr. Donald Lyman, the Sacramento physician who wrote the group’s new policy, attributed the shift to growing frustration over California’s medical marijuana law, which permits cannabis use with a doctor’s recommendation. That, he said, has created an untenable situation for physicians: deciding whether to give patients a substance that is illegal under federal law.
“It’s an uncomfortable position for doctors,” he said. “It is an open question whether cannabis is useful or not. That question can only be answered once it is legalized and more research is done. Then, and only then, can we know what it is useful for.”
The CMA’s new stance appears to have as much to do with politics as science. The group has rejected one of the main arguments of medical marijuana advocates, declaring that the substance has few proven health benefits and comparing it to a “folk remedy.”
The group acknowledges some health risk associated with marijuana use and proposes that it be regulated along the lines of alcohol and tobacco. But it says the consequences of criminalization outweigh the hazards.
Lyman says current laws have “proven to be a failed public health policy.” He cited increased prison costs, the effect on families when marijuana users are imprisoned and racial inequalities in drug-sentencing cases.
The organization’s announcement provoked some angry response.
“I wonder what they’re smoking,” said John Lovell, spokesman for the California Police Chiefs Assn. “Given everything that we know about the physiological impacts of marijuana — how it affects young brains, the number of accidents associated with driving under the influence — it’s just an unbelievably irresponsible position.”
The CMA’s view is also controversial in the medical community.
Dr. Robert DuPont, an M.D. and professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, said the association’s call for legalization showed “a reckless disregard of the public health. I think it’s going to lead to more use, and that, to me, is a public health concern. I’m not sure they’ve thought through what the implications of legalization would be.”
Dr. Igor Grant, head of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis at UC San Diego, defended the drug’s therapeutic use.
“There’s good evidence that it has medicinal value,” he said. “Can you say it’s 100% bulletproof? No. But the research we’ve done at the center shows it’s helpful with certain types of pain.”
The federal government views cannabis as a substance with no medical use, on a par with heroin and LSD. The CMA wants the Obama administration to reclassify it to help promote further research on its medical potential.
But Washington appears to be moving in the other direction. As recently as July, the federal government turned down a request to reclassify marijuana. That decision is being appealed in federal court by legalization advocates.
In recent weeks, the Obama administration has begun cracking down on California’s medical marijuana industry, threatening to prosecute landlords who rent buildings to pot dispensaries.
California’s marijuana laws have eased over the last 15 years. State voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, decriminalizing it for medicinal purposes. Federal law still prohibits the sale or possession of the drug for any reason.
The CMA opposed Proposition 215, and it argues that doctors have been placed unwillingly in the center of the feud over the drug.
“When the proposition passed, we as an organized medical community got thrown into the middle of this issue, because the posture of the proposition and its proponents found that cannabis is a medicinal product that is useful for a long list of specific ailments,” Lyman said.
The state has since softened its laws on even recreational use of the drug. In 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that reclassified possession of less than an ounce from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
At the same time, the number of marijuana dispensaries was skyrocketing, to between 1,000 and 2,000 statewide, according to estimates by law enforcement officials. In January, the Los Angeles City Council set strict limits on pot outlets, ordering the closure of hundreds of them.
Opinion polls show that state voters continue to be in favor of medical marijuana but are divided on the question of total legalization. A recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found 51% opposed to complete legalization and 46% in favor.
Last November, California voters rejected Proposition 19, which would have legalized the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis and permitted local governments to regulate it and tax sales. The CMA took no public position on the measure, its leaders said.
Across the country, physicians have called for more cannabis-related research. The CMA’s parent organization, the American Medical Assn., has said the federal government should consider easing research restrictions.
Meanwhile, Lyman said, “there is considerable harm being done.”
Cudi returns to the cover of Complex for their October/November 2011 issue. Mag hits newsstands October 4th, but the entire thing is available to read now. Excerpt from the cover story below.
Is that drug hangover why you disappeared after you released your second album?
“I wanted to clear my head, besides detox. I had to look at the root of the whole problem, and that was work and the business.”
“I wasn’t trying to hear it from nobody. I’m not even going to attack the people in my life that didn’t step in and try to stop it, ’cause I was just so bullheaded. There’s no way to slow somebody when they’re speeding down a path of destruction.”
“I thought I was dealing with it in the proper way. I was in the moment. And when you’re that young, with that opportunity, all that money, and all that respect and power, sometimes you run with it. ’Cause I was like, Man, you don’t know if this shit’s gon’ be here tomorrow.”
Riccardo Tisci is a tough man to track down. After providing creative direction for Watch The Throne, and working tirelessly through Paris Fashion Week, the wunderkind of Givenchy jetted off to Ibiza for some much needed R&R. Upon his return, Life+Times caught up with Tisci to discuss his travels, inspirations and loves.
L+T: Glad we connected. Took a while to get through to you. How’s it going?
Riccardo Tisci: I’m good. Crazy moment. But it’s all under control. I’m back from the holiday. And [Givenchy] is launching the new collection, plus the new men’s couture coming up, but having a great time. And you?
L+T: We’re good. No complaints. Where were you for August?
RT: I went to Ibiza. I was supposed to go to Turkey. But, I had so much fun in Ibiza that I decided to spend the entire month in there. I love music and I have lots of friends who DJ, and it’s one of the best places for music. So, I spent the entire summer there meeting new people and DJs and having a good time.
L+T: How was it?
RT: I spent time with my friends a lot. We would spend time together, and relax, and do yoga, chill, and go out on the boat. And then, we went wild. Especially on Monday night. Do you know the club DC10? I love it there.
L+T: I don’t. What’s it like?
RT: It’s one of the clubs in Ibiza. I’m not super old, I’m 37, but it used to be much more free and much more underground. I used to go there when I was young and since then…in the last ten years or so, once things got much more “luxury.” This club has managed to stay, umm, ghetto. DJs start there when they are young. On Monday nights, it’s 7am to 2am. It’s this big garage, and it used to be after hours. Now, everyone goes and has the best time. So Monday night, it was like going to the church. Every Monday a new DJ. Everyone I knew was going to be there. I really love music and DJs. So, I spent a lot of time there.
L+T: Did you dance?
RT: A lot! I went crazy. I don’t know if I’m a good dancer or not. My friend Maria Carla says I’m good. I used to dance to Latin American music when I was younger. Until like five or six years ago, it was difficult to dance in public. But now, I don’t care. I just let go. I love dancing to electro music. But, I’m not good at dancing to rock music. It’s more about the vibe. There’s this song called “Infinita” that I love. DC10 is more about old school and electronica, which I love.
RT: I have huge respect for these two. Since I was a child, I’ve always been obsessed with rap and hip-hop. I met Kanye when he came to my show and we developed a relationship. And then I was approached about doing this collaboration, which was a big project. Two big names approaching a designer was a pretty big deal. I have been asked before in my life to collaborate with musicians [Ed note: Tisci has designed for Madonna in the past], but only on costumes and clothing. But in some ways, I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t feel ready. Of course, fashion is expression. Like art, like music, it’s an emotion. So, it’s more about mood and emotion and not just the clothing. When they first asked me, I was really scared. And then, we began the discussions about movies, DJs, general things. So, I felt that the collaboration was necessary. This is one of the best collaborations I’ve ever done. I always want to do the best and respect the people around me. But at the same time, it was very tough.
L+T: What inspired the art? What influences did you draw from?
RT: The funny thing is, growing up, I’ve always loved JAY and Missy Elliot. But for me, this type of music always represented things like women, sex, diamonds, fur, cars and luxury. But when it came to the artwork, it was really important to me to represent the pure genius inside of them, and in some ways, go back to the roots – the real rap, which has been more experimental in the last few years. I also wanted to showcase how proud they are to be Americans. I really wanted to make them happy with the outcome. I decided on the color gold, which to me, represents luxury. It has always been about rap, including “the good life.” I really wanted to represent that in a color. And then, I wanted to represent America. And since they are both very handsome men, I wanted to touch on elements of sexuality and their strong personalities, showing off an animal dialogue, because I am obsessed with animals. And then, incorporate religion. And it didn’t have to be Catholic. It’s more about a point in life. For me, religion can be abstract. There are also elements of freedom as well.
L+T: What about the idea of family? I know how important that is to you.
RT: I spent five hours with them while they were rapping and I was very impressed with how two such strong artists could sit down in a room and work together. It was like a family. And the moments I spent with them, to me, it became clear that it was the right choice. As I may not be an immediate part of the family, at that time, I felt like part of the family. It was one of the most special experiences of my life.
L+T: Do you think in some ways the vibe and mentality of the album aligns with your aesthetic and your approach to designing?
RT: In a way, yes. Because, when the asked me to work with them, I was like, “WOW!”. But, I’m all about opposites. I like religion and I like sex. I’m a dark guy and a romantic. Sometimes I’m super religious and very pure. That’s why I think many controversial things are often said about me. So, I respect both of them and I didn’t know why they asked me to do it. When I heard the album, I didn’t necessarily think I was the right person, but I understand why I was chosen and asked to do it. Because there are elements of sexuality, religion, a level of being proud, which I related to my own definition of religion.This is what I share in common with them. Especially their emphasis on family.
L+T: Do you have any icons inside and out of fashion?
RT: I love people in general. Singers, actresses and politicians; those who have something to say. I don’t like copycats. I love Chaka Khan, Frida Kahlo, and Jesus Christ. These are the people who, to me, I really respect. Chaka Khan broke many boundaries, but they all have great strengths and had something to say.
L+T: What’s the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
RT: In the morning I kickbox and before I go to bed I pray. I come from a ghetto of Italy, but from a fantastic family and I say thank you to god for giving me these great opportunities in my life.
L+T: How do you relax?
RT: I relax by doing sports. I used to play basketball as a kid. But I took a break, but in the last little while I’ve gone back to playing sports. I’m ok at basketball and mini-volley. But, right now, I’m focusing on running and meditation. Once a year I go to India to meditate. I’m much more into meditation but I think I need to break down a little bit.
L+T: What’s your head space like right now?
RT: I’m very late with the show. So a little stressed. But I’m very happy. I have good things and problems of course. But I feel very light because life is a bitch. But at sometimes, we are very lucky. I have great people in my life, and some others who I’ve never met. But, I feel very lucky to share things with people I love. But, ask me in two weeks, and it might be a different answer. (Givenchy)