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Spring Trend Report

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

 

GQ.com recently uploaded their Spring Trend report for 2012–and they hit the mark. GQ Writer Jim Moore features a series of over 100 looks taken straight from the runway and we’ve chosen just a few to highlight here.

The Blue Suit

Michael Bastian, The Blue SuitMichael Bastian, The Blue Suit

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The blue suit is perfect for spring and well into summer. Just because the weather brightens and the air warms up, doesn’t mean you’re exempt from wearing a suit to the office, partner meetings, and business dinners. Instead of heavy woolen and dark fabric, opt for something lighter like linen, preferably colored in light blue.

The All-American Look

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There’s something ultra-classic about a pair of rugged jeans coupled with a jean jacket. Incorporate the new trends with this look, such as rolling up with pant leg slightly and pairing it with a brightly colored shoe.

Striped Knit Wear

Nautica, Spring 2012Nautica, Spring 2012

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Stripes always make a comeback every few years, but this season we’re seeing them on knitwear, which is pretty cool for spring. They are popping up on ties and accessories, like this Nautica look for spring.

The Suede Wingtip

Emporio Armani, Spring 2012Emporio Armani, Spring 2012

Ah, enough about this shoe already, right? No! The chic comeback of the wingtip cannot be reckoned with. Get a pair, any color, this spring.

Top Three American Cars for 2012

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

What are the best American rides out there for 2012?
Chrysler 300 SRT8Chrysler 300 SRT8

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Jamie Lincoln Kitman of GQ Magazine reports: “If the BMW M5 is like a Predator drone (deadly, requires little human input) then the 300 SRT8 is a pipe bomb full of rusty nails, built by an angry 17-year-old: crude but effective, and highly skill-dependent. The recipe is simple but effective: Stuff a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 into a regular 300C, with minimal tip-offs as to the 465 horsepower lurking beneath the hood. Add a machine-gun exhaust note and big brakes, then hang on for dear life. Cheap(ish) and worrisomely effective.”

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“Not to be outdone by the Dodge Challenger SRT8, Chevrolet’s hottest Camaro packs a 580-horsepower supercharged V8 shared with the Cadillac CTS-V. It’s said to lap the Nürburgring in 7:41—but considerably more relevant, we suspect, will be how long a patch of rubber this 21st-century pony car will leave in front of your local pizzeria.”

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Buick Verano

Buick Verano

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“Buick’s image has been liberated by parent GM’s deep-sixing of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn, and by the brand’s runaway success in China. Together, they’ve created the need to occupy greater psychic floor space, so it’s no surprise that the Verano—the smallest Buick in ages—was crafted from the underpinnings of Chevrolet’s best-selling Cruze, or that Buick’s goal was to build a supremely quiet appliance that could help shift its traditional Perry Como-listening customers into something more fuel-efficient without alienating potential younger, hipper customers. With a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder among the available powerplants, everyone’s image of Buick, not just its own, may have to change.”

Strange State Laws in the USA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

 

 

 

Think America is progressive in its judicial system? Well some of its State Laws are still stuck in the 1790s. Which state bans tattoos? Which state bans “bob” hair cuts for school teachers? In which state do one armed piano players have to play for free? Find out here for some good laughs:

Alabama

1. It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.
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2. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.

3. Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
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Iowa
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1. A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
2. One-armed piano players must perform for free.
3. City Domain law in Iowa: The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.

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Oklahoma

1. It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo.
2. People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.

Oklahoma City Thunder Cufflinks

Oklahoma City Thunder Cufflinks

3. Tattoos are banned. (Repealed, Effective 11/1/2006. Tattoos are now legal in Oklahoma!)
4. Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car.
5. It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.

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Topeka, Kansas

1. No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night.

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New York
1. The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

West Virginia
1. For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.
2. Roadkill may be taken home for supper.
3. Huntington, WV : It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.
4. Nicholas County, WV: No member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.

Arkansas

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1. A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.
2. A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
3. Fayetteville, AR: It is illegal to kill “any living creature”.
4. It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday.

MORE Reasons to Dislike Holiday Shopping

Monday, December 19th, 2011

 

 

 

1. The Coupons that Say Spend $25 get $10 off., but the Fine Print Reads: (Does not apply to sale items, clearance items, jewelry, cosmetics, handbags, shoes, clothes, watches, men’s wear, children’s wear, home goods, furniture, women’s wear, or anything in the store. Just throw this coupon away. It’s essentially good for nothing)

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2. You Ask for…. a gift box and they give you one 10 sizes too large for your purchase. Then they look at you unsympathetically and say “Sorry. We’re out of the smaller ones. Come back next season.” I mean really, what the heck are you going to do with a coat box for a scarf??

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3. You go to the mall the DAY after Christmas and the sweater you spent $50 on is now only $15, the video game you bought your son is 20% off, and literally everything you purchased is on sale. And I’m talking about a big sale. There goes another $200 on…markups.

4. You come across that horrible gift Aunt Zelda gave you in JCPenneys and realize it was only $5, marked down to $2. Thanks Aunt Z. Really feeling the love.

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5. The unbearable hot flashes you get while shopping because you have not just two shirts on, but an under shirt, a heavy pea coat lined with shearling, two pairs of socks, and a hat (which you can’t take off because your hair is an utter disaster). Then you strip down in the store to just one shirt and have to carry it all the rest of the shopping trip. (If you’re a man, you have to hold all of these layers for the lady, including the heavy coat.) Seriously, where are the coat checks??

 

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6. The moment of panic when you’re standing in the middle of a department store and completely forget 1. why you’re there 2. who you’re shopping for 3. what they specifically asked for a few weeks before. You then proceed to the “candle” section because it’s generic enough and everyone needs another Yankee candle.

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7. The moment of panic when you’re standing in the middle of a parking lot, strapped with five shopping bags, keys in hand, and completely forget….where you parked the car. So you idly wonder the parking lot, pretending you know exactly where your going, pressing the “alarm” button on the keytag, praying that you’ll hear it or see the flashing lights, smiling all the way so no one knows you forgot where you parked your car, and eventually hit straight panic mode and start running because you realize you’re going senile.

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Freedom of Speech Being Thwarted?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

 

 

In light of this week’s Occupy events, one has to ask: are our constitutional rights being thwarted? The student demonstrations, ranging on the continent from California to New York City, have ended with painful consequences. The mainstream media does not fully report on the events, and understandably so when one considers who pays them.

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Here is a Press Release from CUNY students: November 21, 2011
WE CONDEMN the use of police violence against CUNY community members who were protesting peacefully at the public Board of Trustees Public and Budget Hearing at Baruch College on November 21, 2011. We also reject the official statement1 released by the administration of the City University of New York regarding those events.


Police detained and expelled dozens of people… by tvnportal

STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF peacefully entered the Baruch lobby to attend the public meeting of the Board of Trustees and were immediately met by a line of police carrying large wooden truncheons and blocking access to the building. Students who were on the official roster of speakers were also denied access. At no time did the students, faculty, and staff attempt to push past the massed police officers, nor to confront them physically in any way. The police directed us to the first-floor overflow room where the meeting would be televised live. Knowing that our voices would not be heard in the broadcast room, we decided that we would hold an assembly in the lobby and allow people to tell their stories and testimonies of experiences as students at CUNY. Most of us sat down on the ground so that speakers
could stand and be heard.

Panic Button Cufflinks

Panic Button Cufflinks

The police attacked us shortly after we sat down and began pushing us toward the wall, responding to our peaceful, lawful protest with physical confrontation. The suggestion provided in the CUNY administration’s statement that anyone “surged forward toward the college’s identification turnstiles, where they were met by CUNY Public Safety officers and Baruch College officials” is a categorical lie, and this is documented in video footage of the events (see below). As the officers continued to push us away from the public meeting, they blocked all exits from the lobby but a single, revolving door, through which we were forced to walk one at a time. Many of the peaceful protesters were shoved violently by the campus police, jabbed and struck in their ribs with wooden truncheons, and left badly bruised. At least one student was struck in the face. It was a miracle that no one was more seriously injured. Those who refused to leave were told that they would be arrested; when one person identified himself to officers as a CUNY faculty member and asked on what charge he would be arrested, he was not given an answer. Another officer blurted, “Because it’s a riot!”

Handcuff Cufflinks

Handcuff Cufflinks

For more information, and for video footage of the events of 11/21/2011, please visit: http://cunyprotest.wordpress.com/ and http://studentweekofaction.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/press-release-bot-public-hearing/
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Professional Staff Congress (PSC) President Barbara Bowen called for an investigation of police response to non-violent student protest at last night’s Borough Hearing at Baruch College:

“The City University has a proud history of student activism and protest. Some of its most important advances have occurred because of collective action by students, faculty and staff. We have made it clear to the university that violent response to non-violent students protest is not acceptable. Students, faculty and staff must be allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly. We call on the university to conduct a full investigation of the police conduct last night. The results of the investigation should be immediately made public.”

On the other side of the country, at University of California, unarmed and seated students were pepper sprayed in the face, resulting in the University’s Chancellor Katehi to cite the events as appalling.

She is quoted by The Guardian here: “I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident,” Katehi said on Sunday. “However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place.”

University of California system chief Mark Yudof said free speech 'is a value we must protect with vigilance'. Photograph: Wayne Tilcock/AP

University of California system chief Mark Yudof said free speech ‘is a value we must protect with vigilance’. Photograph: Wayne Tilcock/AP

President of Trinity Washington University, Patricia McGuire, said in the Huffington Post:

“Disgust became horror when I realized that the image was domestic, and not in Zuccotti Park but on a university campus. The riot-geared police were university employees, people paid to protect students in order to advance the educational mission of the university. They wielded those pepper spray cans with the confidence of pest control workers applying Raid to roaches.

Sterling Scales of Justice Cufflinks

Sterling Scales of Justice Cufflinks

Too many baby boomers today forget our heritage in the counterculture. Boomers proudly headed south in the early 1960s to lock arms for civil rights in Birmingham and Montgomery, risking the fire hoses of police hell-bent on stomping out the rising tide of protests. Later in that tumultuous decade, boomers waged sit-ins (the original “occupy” demonstrations) in their college presidents’ offices to demand justice for the poor and oppressed. We inhaled tear gas while marching by the hundreds of thousands on Pennsylvania Avenue to demand an end to the Vietnam War.”

Sterling SIlver Symbol of Peace

Sterling SIlver Symbol of Peace

What about Peaceful Protest?

Both groups of East and West Students are asking their Chancellors to resign. This request stems from a request to instate a more democratic administrative system.