Finally, a leading Democrat admits what we’ve known all along. Too bad we had to wait nearly 3 years for some honesty.
It was an op-ed opening with a rare, “I was wrong.” The author was former senator and candidate for vice president, John Edward, writing in Sunday’s Washington Post.
“Almost three years ago we went into Iraq to remove what we were told — and what many of us believed and argued — was a threat to America,” Edward related. “But in fact we now know that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction when our forces invaded Iraq in 2003. The intelligence was deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda.
“It was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002. I take responsibility for that mistake. It has been hard to say these words because those who didn’t make a mistake — the men and women of our armed forces and their families — have performed heroically and paid a dear price.
“The world desperately needs moral leadership from America, and the foundation for moral leadership is telling the truth…. [read the rest]
Permalink » 4 Comments » by freewilliamsburg Sunday, November 13th, 2005, 10:48 am
From USA Today:
Bush is threatening to veto two major defense bills because they include an amendment to ban abusive treatment of detainees that the Senate has attached to both measures….
It’s a fight over treatment of prisoners by U.S. interrogators that pits Bush against usual allies, such as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and prominent veterans, such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Permalink » No Comments » by freewilliamsburg Friday, November 11th, 2005, 12:01 am
Every year, the indie icons do a series of shows in the intimate setting of Maxwell’s. Each night features a special guest. The shows make the trip to Hoboken worthwhile. They sell out quickly, so get your tix while they last. [via Brooklyn Vegan]
Permalink » No Comments » by freewilliamsburg Thursday, November 10th, 2005, 10:02 am
Check out an advance screening of Jesus is Magic tonight at Galapagos. FREE
L Magazine and Galapagos Art Space present
The Williamsburg Film Series
FREE Sneak Peak 35mm movies!
Find out more here.
Permalink » No Comments » by freewilliamsburg Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 3:55 pm
There are a few jewels here, including one by Red Foxx titled, You Gotta Wash Your Ass. Check ‘em all out here. [via BrooklynVegan]
Permalink » 3 Comments » by freewilliamsburg Wednesday, November 9th, 2005, 9:52 am
And if you haven’t seen this Ferrer ad featuring a dancing Al Sharpton, it’s hilarious.
Permalink » 10 Comments » by freewilliamsburg Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 9:44 am
Cat Power has a new record coming out and will be at Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov 14.
Recorded at Memphis, TN’s Ardent Studios over the summer by Stuart Sikes, ‘The Greatest’ while the most confident and life-affirming work of Chan Marshall’s career, is as intensely personal, haunting and provocative as any of its predecessors. The album’s players are a bona fide All-Star team of Memphis musicians, including Al Green sideman Teenie Hodges on guitar, Leroy “Flick” Hodges and David Smith on bass, Rick Steff on keys, Jim Spake on sax and trumpteer Scott Thompson amongst others
Check out an MP3 of the title track “The Greatest.” [Thanks Matador}
Permalink » No Comments » by freewilliamsburg Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, 9:33 am
Big show tonight in Greenpoint:
Canadian Vice-sters Death From Above 1979 take a night off from their tour opening for Nine Inch Nails to rock out at Club Exit with Japanther, No Dynamics, and Meneguar. Click here for all the info.
Permalink » No Comments » by freewilliamsburg Monday, November 7th, 2005, 9:54 am
The New York Times got a big scoop on Sunday and curiously buried it on page 14. It got trumped by their page one story about this obscure little company they discovered called Google which has, evidently, been doing pretty well recently. With Senate hearings into the handling of pre-war evidence FINALLY beginning this week, this could be a big story:
A high Qaeda official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document…
The document provides the earliest and strongest indication of doubts voiced by American intelligence agencies about Mr. Libi’s credibility. Without mentioning him by name, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Colin L. Powell, then secretary of state, and other administration officials repeatedly cited Mr. Libi’s information as “credible” evidence that Iraq was training Al Qaeda members in the use of explosives and illicit weapons.
Read it all a here.
Permalink » 1 Comment » by freewilliamsburg Sunday, November 6th, 2005, 9:40 pm
We are VERY sad to hear this news about DMBQ:
DMBQ’s van rolled from I-95 in Delaware en route from Baltimore to Brooklyn this afternoon. All members of the band have been hospitalized, as well as Michelle Cable from Panache Magazine and booking, who has been managing their tour.
Mana “China” Nishiura did not survive the accident. China was DMBQ’s drummer, as well as a former drummer in Shonen Knife. China will be missed.
Michelle Cable is conscious following surgery for a head injury. Shinji Masuko is still in the hospital but is expected to be released soon. Toru Matsui and Ryuichi Watanabe have been released from the hospital.
There is a benefit show tonight. Click here for more.
Permalink » 2 Comments » by freewilliamsburg Saturday, November 5th, 2005, 4:02 pm