Sick of telling the press corps to fuck off, Rummy gives the troops a warm Chrismassy "fuck you"

– Disgrunted U.S. soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about the lack of armor for their vehicles and long deployments, drawing a blunt retort from the Pentagon chief.
“You go to war with the Army you have,” he said in a rare public airing of rank-and-file concerns among the troops.

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The First Amendment Project

The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken
Directed by Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob
Premieres December 7th, 9:00pm on Sundance

Directed by Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob. FOX vs. Franken looks at the story behind Fox Television’s legal efforts to halt publication of Al Franken’s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Beginning with Franken’s comic account of his inspiration in writing the book, the film mixes humor with its lucid account of the case’s First Amendment underpinnings.
(Thanks to the peeps at Gawker for the reminder)

Yes, the Grammy's are for complete morons who don't like music

The 47th Annual Grammy Nominations are out and it’s all about Kanye West. He snagged 10 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, and five in various Rap categories.
More germane to this site, the Best Rock Performance Duo or Group With Vocals (love those category names!) field includes Elvis Costello, Franz Ferdinand, Green Day, the Killers (ugh!), and U2. Green Day, Velvet Revolver, Modest Mouse, the Killers and U2 picked up noms in the Best Rock Song cat. I’ll take either U2 or Franz Ferdinand.
You gotta hand it to the Grammy people, they sure are up on modern music. That explains why they waited until after the “electronica is the next rock” fad died to add the Best Electronic/Dance album category thingy. ILM favorites Basement Jaxx picked up a nom here, along with Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, the Prodigy and Paul Van Dyk. I’m behind Basement Jaxx, but the Prodigy will probably win, on name recognition alone.
Other artists picking up multiple nominations were Alicia Keys (8), Usher (8), Ray Charles (7), and Green Day (6). Sentimentally I’d like to see Ray Charles pick up a few, but I’m guessing that it will be an Usher evening.
The Awards are given out on Feb. 13, 2005 in Los Angeles and on CBS.

Dress up like Santa, get drunk, make a fool of yourself….

photo by Michael Zelner
That’s right…. Santacon will be happening again this year.
Saturday Dec. 11th
Time and place to be annouced here

2004 is the 10th Anniversary of Santacon!
Each December for the last 10 years Cacophonous Santas have been taking to streets in major metropolitan areas and generating a bit of naughty Noël mayhem as part of the annual Santacon events. It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have now reached Critical Xmas and these infamous Santacons are now held in over a dozen cities each year.

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We've out-Hussein-ed Hussein

From the Boston Globe
Returning Fallujans will face clampdown
FALLUJAH, Iraq — The US military is drawing up plans to keep insurgents from regaining control of this battle-scarred city, but returning residents may find that the measures make Fallujah look more like a police state than the democracy they have been promised.
Under the plans, troops would funnel Fallujans to so-called citizen processing centers on the outskirts of the city to compile a database of their identities through DNA testing and retina scans. Residents would receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all times. Buses would ferry them into the city, where cars, the deadliest tool of suicide bombers, would be banned.

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The Restaurant Guide

Our restaurant guide has long been a favorite section for our readers. For those who haven’t visited in a while, we wanted to let you know that we have added dozens of new menus:
Fada: A yummy French bistro that has quickly become a Williamsburg staple. Click here for their menu
Just added: Yola’s Cafe: A tasty to go joint for those craving Mexican on the go. Click here for their menu
A Salvadorian restaurant known as Bahia. This place rules. The zucchini and cheese papusas are heavenly and all of the seafood dishes are amazing. The atmosphere leaves much to be desired, but Bahia is cheap, refreshing non-hip, and delicious. Click here for their menu
Click here for our full restaurant guide.

Further Proof that Bush Inc. Could Care Less about Human Rights

From the AP:
Evidence Gained Through Using Torture OK, US Officials Say
by Michael J. Sniffen
WASHINGTON — Evidence gained by torture can be used by the U.S. military in deciding whether to imprison a foreigner indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an enemy combatant, the government says.

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Saturday at Rothko

Saturday December 4
At Rothko (116 Suffolk St)
Price: $10
Vice Records Tour With:
Panthers – 12AM
Death From Above 1979 – 11PM
Vietnam – 10PM