Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who was seriously injured by a police projectile during a protest in Oakland, has regained consciousness but “cannot talk”.
Olsen, 24, is communicating with friends and family at his bedside by writing notes, but his injury is believed to have damaged the speech centre of his brain, according to Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq.
Olsen is believed to have been injured by a police projectile. He was hit in the forehead in downtown Oakland on Tuesday evening, after marching with fellow demonstrators to protest the closure of an Occupy Oakland camp in the city.
“He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain,” said Shannon. “However, they are expecting he will get that back.”
Shannon added that Olsen’s “spelling is not near what it used to be”.
“The doctors expect that he will have a full recovery,” said Shannon, who is due to visit Olsen on Friday afternoon. “However, it is going to be a long road ahead for him.”
Olsen was “really happy” to see his family, Shannon added.
‘See, it was our job to start (the Iraq War) badly. We did that. We were fucking idiots. His job is to finish it well.’ …You know, for the guys who bear a good amount of responsibility for getting us into this clusterfuck to go all Statler and Waldorf on the exit… It’s like the captain of the Exxon Valdez standing around Alaska, saying ‘Hey, you’re scrubbin’ the oil off those birds all wrong. You should be using steel wool and Ajax. I can’t believe you jackoffs are screwing up the environment like this.’
For God’s sake, in like three days, Obama’s taken us down from three wars to one. (Beat.) Is that what’s going on here? Are America’s hawks having empty nest syndrome?
A bewildered JON STEWART, on Republican critics such as John McCain, Michele Bachmann and Lindsey Graham being critical of president Obama’s recent foreign policy triumphs in Libya and Iraq, on The Daily Show.
“The truth is that this President has done a good job in what has been one of the most difficult periods of modern history. He saved the economy from ruin (until the Tea Party took over Congress) with a stimulus that was as large as possible given the political realities, presided over a stock…
I like how 90% of the bad stuff that’s been happening can be blamed on the GOP and Tea Party
Two weeks after the U.S. killed American citizen Anwar Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen — far from any battlefield and with no due process — it did the same to his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, ending the teenager’s life on Friday along with his 17-year-old cousin and seven other people. News reports, based on government sources, originally claimed that Awlaki’s son was 21 years old and an Al Qaeda fighter (needless to say, as Terrorist often means: “anyone killed by the U.S.”), but a birth certificate published by The Washington Post proved that he was born only 16 years ago in Denver. As The New Yorker‘s Amy Davidson wrote: “Looking at his birth certificate, one wonders what those assertions say either about the the quality of the government’s evidence — or the honesty of its claims — and about our own capacity for self-deception.” The boy’s grandfather said that he and his cousin were at a barbecue and preparing to eat when the U.S. attacked them by air and ended their lives. […]
“Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like being a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street. For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor’s yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words “soccer” and “neighbor” in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn’t he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit - that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor’s dog - would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal stories.”—
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