David Brooks is a Playa Hata

Now that the Times have made their editorial section subscription-only, most missed this inane rant last week from David Brooks. In a nutshell, he blamed the chaos in France on rap music. Obviously, Brooks couldn’t be more wrong. The true catalyst was, of course, them shoot ’em up video games those darn French teenagers are always playing. If you missed his column, it’s a must read, just for its pure stupidity:

Gangsta, in French

After 9/11, everyone knew there was going to be a debate about the future of Islam. We just didn’t know the debate would be between Osama bin Laden and Tupac Shakur.
Yet those seem to be the lifestyle alternatives that are really on offer for poor young Muslim men in places like France, Britain and maybe even the world beyond. A few highly alienated and fanatical young men commit themselves to the radical Islam of bin Laden. But most find their self-respect by embracing the poses and worldview of American hip-hop and gangsta rap.

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"I was wrong"

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]

Even Bill Frist Disagrees with Our Commander-in-Torture

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.

Yo La Tengo Hannukah Shows – Tickets on Sale

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]

To do tonight: Sarah Silverman premiere at Galapagos

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.

The Museum of Bad Album Covers

There are a few jewels here, including one by Red Foxx titled, You Gotta Wash Your Ass. Check ’em all out here. [via BrooklynVegan]

Remember to Vote

And if you haven’t seen this Ferrer ad featuring a dancing Al Sharpton, it’s hilarious.

New Cat Power MP3, "The Greatest"

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}