Archive for September, 2006
Join us at Greenpoint Reformed Church for:
A reading, book signing, and Q&A with The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right author, Robert Lanham:
With free, old-timey Baptist snacks and not-so-Baptist drinks specials
6pm-7pm: Free snacks and fellowship in a wholesome, Christian environment.
7pm: Hipster Handbook author, Robert Lanham, reads from his new book:
The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right
With a special introduction by pastor Ann Kansfield; an openly gay minister whose denomination published literature labeling her a “dyke” before firing her father from his post at the Reformed Church of America for supporting her decision.
And at 8:15 pm: Join us at The Pencil Factory for the after party with
Three Dollar Brooklyn Beers And Well Drinks All Night!
This is hilarious [From ThisIsLondon]:
US President George Bush is to host White House talks on British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Cohen, 35, creator of Ali G, has infuriated the Kazakhstan government with his portrayal of Borat, a bumbling Kazakh TV presenter.
And now a movie of Borat’s adventures in the US has caused a diplomatic incident.
The opening scene, which shows Borat lustily kissing his sister goodbye and setting off for America in a car pulled by a horse, had audiences in stitches when it was first shown last week.
But the film, which has just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, has prompted a swift reaction from the Kazakhstan government, which is launching a PR blitz in the States.
This can’t be good. From the AP
“Hands on my boobies! Hands on my boobies!”
The directive came from the Naked Cowboy, Times Square’s most famous street performer, addressing a slightly sheepish female fan posing with him for a picture on a recent afternoon. “Just squeeze away! Don’t hurt anything,” he ordered.
After eight years of playing guitar in nothing but cowboy boots, a hat and a pair of briefs (crudely marked “Naked Cowboy,” to point out the obvious), the New York City icon (real name Robert John Burck) is taking his naked ambition to the next level. He’s working on a debut album as part of his plan for “dominating the commercial landscape of the world.”
The disc, expected to be released next year, is a “little bit country, little bit rock ‘n’ roll,” the Cowboy said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
“There’ll be blues, R&B down the line and Naked Cowboy – it’s its own genre of music,” he added.
Some of the tracks have eyebrow-raising titles, the most printable, perhaps, being “Get Your Ass Kicked by a Man in his Underwear.”
“Every major record label is gonna compete to be the one to represent this project. Once again, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Naked Cowboy,” boasted the Cowboy, calling success “guaranteed.”
On another note, we know this is just a light story about the Naked Cowboy, but we still found it odd that the AP is citing Wikipedia as a source. (see the sidebar)
A local resident lights candles on the Williamsburg waterfront, September 11, 2001
As always, Frank Rich sums up our opinions nicely. From the NY Times:
In the five years since the attacks, the ability of Americans to dust themselves off and keep going explains both what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong on our path to the divided and dispirited state the nation finds itself in today.
At the National Cathedral prayer service on Sept. 14, 2001, President Bush found just the apt phrase to describe this phenomenon: ‚”Today we feel what Franklin Roosevelt called ‘the warm courage of national unity.’ This is the unity of every faith and every background. It has joined together political parties in both houses of Congress.” What’s more, he added, ‚”this unity against terror is now extending across the world.” The destruction of that unity, both in this nation and in the world, is as much a cause for mourning on the fifth anniversary as the attack itself. As we can’t forget the dead of 9/11, we can’t forget how the only good thing that came out of that horror, that unity, was smothered in its cradle.
When F.D.R. used the phrase ‚”the warm courage of national unity,” it was at his first inaugural, in 1933, as the country reeled from the Great Depression. It is deeply moving to read that speech today. In its most famous line, Roosevelt asserted his ‚”firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Another passage is worth recalling, too: ‚”We now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective.
“What followed under Roosevelt’s leadership is one of history’s most salutary stories. Americans responded to his twin entreaties—to renounce fear and to sacrifice for the common good—with a force that turned back economic calamity and ultimately an axis of brutal enemies abroad. What followed Mr. Bush’s speech at the National Cathedral, we know all too well, is another story.
On the very next day after that convocation, Mr. Bush was asked at a press conference ‚”how much of a sacrifice” ordinary Americans would ‚”be expected to make in their daily lives, in their daily routines.” His answer: ‚”Our hope, of course, is that they make no sacrifice whatsoever.” He, too, wanted to move on—to ‚”see life return to normal in America,” as he put it—but toward partisan goals stealthily tailored to his political allies rather than the nearly 90 percent of the country that, according to polls, was rallying around him.
This sucks. From Eat The Press
The cat calls surrounding ABC’s “The Path to 9/11″ continue to grow louder. Not only is the network under fire for legitimate questions about the veracity of the primetime mini-series, which apparently goes to significant lengths to pin the blame of 9/11 on the Clinton administration, but ABC itself has failed to answer questions about the dubious way it has arranged for conservative partisans to view the program prior to air date (which has allowed them to cheerlead the movie online and on talk radio), yet Democratic activists have been stiff-armed. My own numerous calls to ABC’s publicist requesting a screening copy of “The Path to 9/11″ have been ignored. Even former President Bill Clinton’s request for a DVD has gone unheeded by ABC.
But now comes the revelation that ABC has teamed up with education publishing giant Scholastic to spread misinformation about Iraq and Bush’s War on Terrorism to millions of American high school students; students who might take part in ABC’s sponsored teach-in surrounding “The Path to 9/11,” which airs Sept. 10-11. Looking at the clear anti-Clinton factual errors included in the mini-series as well as the clear pro-Bush factual errors included in the classroom text, it’s hard to pass the pair off as a coincidence.
As Media Matters for America first reported, the ABC and Scholastic-produced “Discussion Guide for the Classroom” that provides background information to students about 9/11 and the Middle East, is “rife with conservative misinformation.” For instance, there’s this reference to the invasion of Iraq:
The dictatorial government of Saddam Hussein was overthrown in 2003, following an invasion led by the United States.The U.S. government believed that Hussein had been developing weapons of mass destruction that he planned to use against American and other targets.
That’s it, period. No mention of the glaringly obvious point that no WMD’s were ever found in Iraq and that the Bush administration entire rationale for war turned out to be a fallacy. Yet this slick classroom guide is supposed to help 16, 17, and 18-year-olds better understand American history?
And there’s this:
Bush has led the United States into Afghanistan and Iraq and reorganized the national government in an attempt to combat terrorist activity.
The classroom guide for “The Path to 9/11″ clearly ties the attacks of Sept. 11, the Taliban and Iraq all together. In fact, the Scholastic text states at the very beginning:
The information below will help you become familiar with the people, places, and organizations that played a role in the events of 9/11 and those that led up to that tragic day.
Bob Dylan – ‘When The Deal Does Down’
Our new book goes on sale today, September 5. We want to thank all the prayer warriors who helped make it happen. You can buy copies here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookSense. Join the boycott here. Read excerpts here. Or take the evangelical quiz here.
Robert Lanham will be doing a reading this Thursday, if the Rapture doesn’t come first. And he’ll be on Air America on Wednesday at 8:30pm.
“Like all great satire, the book is cerebral, irreverent and hilarious, while also edifying”
— Publisher’s Weekly
“Every good little liberal will have this book on order as a stocking stuffer come Jesus’ birthday.”
— Time Out
“Not only is this an important book, it’s a funny book.”
— Marc Maron, Air America Radio
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— David Cross, Arrested Development