Monthly Archives: January 2011

on our way to russell peters

dear readers,

me and my cousin brother are on our way to see russell peters at the prudential center. omg!!

also, i just saw the king’s speech. it is an illuminating movie post-SOTU. state of the union = SOTU. like you do feel for the king, and you want him to make that great speech. but he’s also the figurehead of worldwide oppression, inequality, poverty, torture. and thats a hard thing to reconcile. but i guess, it must be done.

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post-state of the union installation blog piece by roopstar (@r_str_): america, we can’t win the future alone. we need the world. i was born and raised here. i know this country is nothing if not a world platform.

dear readers,

here’s my live tweet coverage of the the state of the union address. look for direct quotes, political humor, and commentary. stay tuned for live twitter feed on the blog site.

roopstar’s twitter is: @r_str_
let’s follow each other, and thank you for reading!

peace, and shout to world unity. to world equality.
roopa

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the post-state of the union mix, track one: So Much Trouble in the World – BOB MARLEY
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media coverage of event on npr: emphasizing the integration of party. says obama used the word “together” 5 times in first couple minutes
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state of the union speech ran just over an hour. #Obama #stateoftheunion
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“god bless you and may god bless the united states of america.” this was a speech of patriotism over global unity. #stateoftheunion
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“god bless you and may god bless the united states of america.” this was a speech of patriotism over global unity. #ObamaTranslations
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chillean miners. no haiti yet. no pakistan yet. #ObamaTranslations #stateoftheunion #winthefuture
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this is a long ass speech. #ObamaTranslations
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many people are moving to india. and i know thats right.
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greatest nation on earth = dont worry tea partiers, you can still rule the world. just give me a few concessions. #ObamaTranslations
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no 1 here would trade places with any other nation in the world = fuck party politics, we’re american kingz of the forest #ObamaTranslations
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it will be harder, because we will argue about everything = this is how democracy functions. wouldnt trade places with any other nation…
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it is time to move forward as one nation. and also as one world? #ObamaTranslations #stateoftheunion
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tunisia on the speech map. #ObamaTranslations #stateoftheunion
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this march i am going to brazil, chile and el salvador. i’m about to have fun. #ObamaTranslations
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iran, we hate you. north korea, you better listen to us. but we favor peace, say it, we favor peace. #ObamaTranslations
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sorry, *this is where the muslims become fodder for the security complex.*
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this is where the muslims. the afghanis, still be under our thumbs. enduring partnership = violent colonization. #ObamaTranslations
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american muslims are a part of our american family = yall clapping even though they dont want to. #ObamaTranslations
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america’s commitment has been kept. the iraq war is coming to an end. but al queda blah blah #ObamaTranslations #stateoftheunion
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america’s moral what, has led the way for who, has always been known for justice since the native american orphanages till iraq. still. now.
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Was that “smoke” joke a weed reference? I sure hope so! #SOTU
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my salmon joke was the shit. #ObamaTranslations
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“we cant win the future with a government of the past” = listen tea partyerz, this is called playing the dozens. #ObamaTranslations
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quick, talk about america again #ObamaTranslations
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uhoh, the taxcut word. #ObamaTranslations
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medical malpractice to reign in frivolous lawsuits. how bout to reign in criminal lawsuits of the poor? muhfkrs STAY in the courts.
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huh?
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propose cuts to things, i care deeply about. like community assistance programs = i’m cool, even though i’m also not. #ObamaTranslations
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RT @JeanGreasy: “Oh, by the way… I know y’all talking shit about my healthcare plan. Hardy, har. Got better ideas?” #ObamaTranslations
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lets fix what needs fixing, i wish that applied to all the wars. which havent been mentioned. not once. #stateoftheunion #baracktalk
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“lets fix what needs fixing and lets move forward,” decisive tone in president obamas voice. #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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when insurance companies could deny off of preexisting conditions. personal anecdotes.
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“anything can be improved. if you have ideas, i am eager to work with you.” a real gentleman. not willing to go back to days…
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only a smattering of applause on another expose of financial industry. louder applause to health industry comment. #stateoftheunion
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how long is this talk. talking about global trade talks, the pacific. “to reduce barriers, to grow…ive ordered a review of govt regs.”
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20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (jobs) #ObamaDrinkingGame
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thunderous applause. #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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parade of lobbyists has wrigged the financial industry. please lord don’t let them assassinate him. #stateoftheunion #baracktalk
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the pat down comment seemed like a genuine aside, even the journalists standing by tittered. and twittered praly. #stateoftheunion
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tea partiers like, “high speed rail. this some sissy shit right here.” ooh, he busted on the airprt pat down #stateoftheunion #baracktalk
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“we have to do better.” he saying america, we getting lazy. but really, its that the rich folks got crazy. hahahaha.
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theme to this speech: “winning the future.” obama’s said it a number of times now. ooooh, high speed rail!! plz. ooh, he clownin.
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Wai wait I gotta hear that..? Obama has deported over 400K .. thats more than GW.. Does he wanna work w/ GOP to deport more?? #SOTU
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on undoc studnts: “they grew up as americans, and pledge allegiance to OUR flag.” cool + wtf. #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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RT @mrdaveyd: By a show of hands.. How many of y’all saw college tuition increase by more then 30% in past yr? Who can afford to go? #SOTU
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make permanent our tuition tax credit, its the right thing to do! says obama…#stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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THAT’s what the kid said? how nice. how…anticlimactic.
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replace no child left behind? wow. that would be great! anecdote… #iamtheteaparty #stateoftheunion #baracktalk #nochildleftbehind
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you KNOW tea partiers are like: science fairs my ass. electric cars with light and water? puh-lease. baby, u got my gun?
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“the race to educate our kids,” but meanwhile public education is buckling, starved across the country. #stateoftheunion #baracktalk
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now he’s on clean energy. i went to dc for inauguration and everything, but im curious about his performance vs. his genuine assessment.
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the speech is an appeal to the jobless, the detroits. #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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america invented the internet. indian americans, but hey, whos counting? #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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that indians and chinese people, who btw largely do the jobs america lets them, dont think of ideas like americans think of ideas?
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“our students don’t just memorize equations but answer questions like…’what do you want to be when you grow up?'” um, whatutrynasay
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“america still has the largest most prosperous economy in the world” applause. lol. #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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talking about india and china #stateoftheunion #india #china #baracktalk
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obama in state of union, talking about the “pride of seeing your kids work at the same company?”
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working class appeal, the good old days when “you didn’t always need a degree.”
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“we are poised for progress,” ok. but “america as a light to the rest of the world,” i dunno, he been to the rest of the world, he knw btr.
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“move forward together or not at all. at stake right now is not who wins the next election, at stake is whether jobs take root…
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dag, when republicans clap they sound like a gang. oh, my bad, did i say something obvious? #stateofunion #obamatranslations
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sounds a little like mlk speech for a while. rather dutiful applause, unlike the showering of adoration in tucson.
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obama starts with talking about debates, tensions, says debates are good, what a robust democracy demands. ties tucson to party unity.
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in case you didn’t know, im live tweeting about it. 112th congress of this country. and the heat is on btwn the parties boy.
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prez is about to speak right now.
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i mean *tweeps*
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k, checking out my new loop pedal a bit before the 9pm state of the union address. peace till then peeps.
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davey d has a link to the full text of the state of the union address. obama memorizes so damn good. i find that shit inspiring.
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just retweeted davey d, bay area dj and regional hip hop scholar (he like the bay’s krs1 on the radio tip) #stateoftheunion #barackTalk
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RT @jose3030: Full Text of Obama’s Speech Tonite – http://is.gd/NIsc94
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i feel like listening to the speech on npr will be a nice break from the spectacle that political tv has become. edited for drama.
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i encourage everyone to turn on their radio’s 4speech, turnoffthatbullshit #deadprez #stateoftheunion, #aintthisaboutabitch #whyisamericaso
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wow. we still at war? i read something about u.s. soldier suicides in iraq escalating. what would it take at this stage? #stateoftheunion
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state of the union address. bout to do a live twitter stream right here, starting at 9, follow me, i’ll follow you. #stateoftheunion

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brooklyn love story #2: outside its as though the gods had cans of white krylon paint, and highlighted the shit out of every last branch, every little twig, every last line of every single tree, edged by a crisp white line.

dear readers,

its a blustering wintering blessing of a night here in brooklyn. last night i danced for a couple hours to questlove/ahmir’s resident thursday night set at brooklyn bowl. it was smooth like water on the floor, by the end of the set me and the dudes peace and mr. biggs were flowing lovely. i like how ahmir pushed us to the edges of our comfort zones, nirvana to nina simone to disco, bbd to mj to bob dylan. for a while the dudes was like nah, and the only time they would dance was just to make fun. but you could tell everyone was feeling it.

when i woke up the snow was dusty soft piled on top of everything. the garbage barely got all picked up from the last blizzard and now here it is, all christened white again. just a couple hours of sleep behind me but i headed out to get the ride closer to the front of my building. the super was out, we talked politics as usual, everyone is so tired of mr. mayor billionaire. before i headed back in, he pointed out the sun on the trees, and i stopped dead in my tracks. it was so, so beautiful outside today. so me and this dude, we took a walk through the park.

everything is fresh white. even the kickin wind on my face feels clean. and the trees. the dusting of snow has every branch layered with a couple inches of white. outside its as though the gods had cans of white krylon paint, and highlighted the shit out of every last branch, every little twig, every last line of every single tree, edged by a crisp white line. it makes you realize how some trees bend towards you, in offering. away from you, in awe. we gamely trudged through the snow, laughing and telling stories like we was on a ski slope, and not just cross the way at prospect park. snowball fights were everywhere, and when we got to the drum circle, we stomped to the middle. and he watched, sweetly, while i made a snow angel. i got back up and checked out the angel. arched wings, pretty wings, not bad. come to find out, my belt on my grey jeans left a golden yellow chain around the waist of that snow angel. i thought it looked like dog piss. until i looked closer. i don’t know if you’ve ever seen fresh dog piss on pristine white snow. it has this greenish yellow florescence to it, a glare that lets you know its piss. but this was golden, looking like anointed waist beads and shit. we both were tripping off that shit for a minute.

come back for more from winter in bk,
roopa