Don't Let this Crime Get Left Behind

By now, most people are familiar with the Armstrong Williams scandal. It was revealed last week that the Education Department paid this spineless pundit $240,000 to promote President Bush’s No Child Left Behind bill. Using tax dollars.
Nevertheless, most of the nation’s major newspapers (including The New York Times) have failed to follow-up on this story appropriately, relegating meager space to their back pages or failing to mention it at all. (There was no mention of the scandal in the Sunday Times).

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Joanna Newsom

Check out the Free Videos of Joanna live in November in Birmingham. (Thanks DJH)

This Weekend: TV on the Radio/George Clinton and a new installation by Christian Marclay

Winter Soul: Featuring George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars
TV on the Radio
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Jan 7 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 45
click here for more info
from Flavorpill:
Christian Marclay: Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix)
Sat 1.8 (10am-7pm) FREE
Paula Cooper Gallery (534 W 21st St)
“One of the founders of turntablism, Christian Marclay is an avant-garde DJ who also creates in other artistic media. In the video installation, Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix), he projects a special brew of Fluxus-inspired montage, stemming from his time as an artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, on several screens. Dredging through archival materials and artifacts from a motley group of Fluxus artists, Marclay plays with the musical possibilities of wooden toys, puzzles, postcards, and other ephemera by such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, and Joseph Beuys. Where Fluxus confounded audiences by stretching disciplinary boundaries, Marclay, the sonic archaeologist, succeeds by orchestrating their complexity.”

Bush Inc. does something impeachable, again

Education Department paid commentator to promote No Child Left Behind Using Tax Dollars

By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY:
Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.
Williams on being paid to boost NCLB: “I wanted to do it because it’s something I believe in.”
The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams “to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts,” and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.

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Alas, Staples claims harmony with those douchebags at Sinclair

From Baltimore Sun
Staples softens stand on limiting Sinclair ads
Two days after Staples Inc. became the first company to say it was limiting advertising on Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. television stations because of customer complaints about one-sided news coverage, the office supply chain softened its stance yesterday. While still acknowledging e-mail complaints in part caused it to stop advertising on Sinclair’s local programs, Staples issued a statement saying it “does not let political agendas drive our media-buying decisions.”

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January 2005 Movie Preview

I know January is usually the prime dumping ground for Hollywood fare (their version of “Take Out the Trash Day”), but man, they aren’t even trying anymore. The indie world has basically taken the month off, and the rest, well, see for yourself…
January 7
What’s that voice you hear buried in the static on your radio? It’s your long-dead loved one! And they’re really bored because apparently all they have to play with in the afterlife is a ham radio.
This is from the director of the attempted reboot of “Doctor Who” in the states, and maybe only a seasoned fan can tell you why it was a bad idea to cast Eric Roberts as The Master, but it was. Better yet, the writer penned “Let’s Talk About Sex,” a movie which spawned the single greatest two-word review since “Shit sandwich,” namely “Let’s not.”

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Shalom Sneaks

Why can’t the Protestants get their shit together? I want some Jesus shoes. See the whole Shalom line here.

Bahia on the Food Network

Our favorite under-the-radar restaurant Bahía was featured on the Food Network last night and we were delighted to see them finally get some props. If you haven’t tasted their pupusas yet, run out now and try them. (Pupusa are yummy corn pancakes filled with cheese, pork, etc). Never had Salvadoran food? Do yourself a favor and try Bahía before everyone else discovers it.
Menus just added:
Lily Thai – a brand new Thai restaurant on Grand Street
Sal’s Pizza – a classic pizza joint established 1967