Support the Troops: Hooah! Bars

Cakehead has a funny story on Hooah! bars, military power bars. The Hooah! website makes it easy to support the troops by allowing visitors to send Hooah! bars to the troops overseas as gifts. (Surely they prefer porn, cigarettes, and food that’s actually nutritious). The Hooah! bar message board is worth a visit:

Dear AnySoldier who is the beneficiary of these bad to the bone Hooah Bars, hopefully you can chow these down and maybe share them with your comrades while you have your cross-hairs on some high value targets. Whatever your duties may be I hope you enjoy! Keep up the good work and always know your surroundings.HOOAH!”
“I sent Beef Jerkey too! HELP IS ON THE WAY!!!!!!!”

Read the full cakehead story here.

Bush to sell ports to supporters of terrorism

This is just further proof that Bush’s “tough on terrorism” stance is just posturing. From Think Progress:

The Bush administration has outsourced the operation of six of the nation’s largest ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country with troubling ties to international terrorism. The $6.8 billion sale would mean that the state-controlled Dubai Ports World would control ‚”the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.”
Some facts about the UAE:
—The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
—The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia.
—According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.
—After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden’s bank accounts.

And just months ago, Bush was supportive of China’s attempt to buy Unocal, America’s ninth-largest oil company, even though the country had just threatened us with nuclear attack. We’re a fan of free markets to some extent, but holy Christ, selling our ports and resources to people who may want to attack us is not good policy. What’s next? Will we sell our military to Saudi Arabia? Or hand over the lease to the White House to North Korea?

Rummy and Chertoff Don't Use Email

So we’ve got a president who doesn’t read newspapers or watch the news. And Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security who don’t use email. Should we just shut off the power and turn the capitol into Amish country? It’s ironic that the Bush administration argues that it needs to bypass the courts when wiretapping Americans in order to save time, yet two of its key members are apparently still relying on the telegraph and the pony express. Maybe we should fact-check which decade we’re in, but what other white-collar job in the country would hire employees who don’t use email? It’s disconcerting that our nation’s security is in the hands of people who don’t read. Much less understand what all the hoopla is about when it comes to this internet thingamajiggy. But on the other hand, maybe email is just a fad, like TV and rap music.

For your printing pleasure…

Click image for a larger version. And like Cheney, we figured we’d wait five days until commenting on the shooting. Care of Animal New York.

Someone Familiar in New York Magazine

A belated shout out for, um, us. New York Magazine has a great article on blogging this week and they were kind enough to mention us. [from NY Mag]:
What Is It? Hipster heaven
Who’s Behind It? Robert Lanham, 34
Based Where? Williamsburg (of course!)
Rank: No. 6,885
The site covers things ‘burg locals are interested in‚Äîindie music, being ironic, and knowing which hipster events to bring their PBR to. The blog doesn’t earn Lanham much spending cash, but it has given him some breaks. ‚”I secured my first book deal when an agent stumbled upon an abbreviated version of The Hipster Handbook I’d posted on my site back in ’99.” Next up: a redesign of the site and a third book.

Bush Spent $1.6 Billion on GOP Propaganda

In addition to the $250,000 given to Armstrong Williams to promote No Child Left Behind, here’s what you money bought [from Adweek]:

A Food and Drug Administration contract had the objective of warning the public about the “consequences and potential dangers of buying prescription drugs from non-U.S. sources.”
“expert advice and support in the development of several marriage-related research initiatives”
an educational campaign regarding the “Medicare Modernization Act, and its coverage and benefits”
a contract regarding “message development that presents the Army’s strategic perspective in the global war on terrorism”

Belle and Sebastian & Jenny Lewis on BBC

A big thanks to RBALLY, who has lots of new live MP3’s available on his blog. He’s got everyone from Cat Power to Art Brut to Sleater Kinney. Here are some highlights from recent BBC performances [Via BrooklynVegan]
Belle and Sebastian on BBC
The Blues Are Still Blue
Dress Up In You
Funny Little Frog
To Be Myself Completely
Jenny Lewis on BBC
Interview Part One
Rise Up With Fists
Interview Part Two
You Are What You Love
Interview Part Three
Melt Your Heart

Tonight: Point Break LIVE! at Galapagos

This is either the best idea ever, or the worst. Maybe both:

Point Break LIVE!, the absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves extreme-sports blockbuster, surfs into Galapagos for an exclusive one-month engagement.
The show, which garnered a ‚”Seattle P-I Best of Seattle 2004″ award, as well as rave reviews across the nation, tells the story of former College football star Johnny Utah—Keanu Reeves in the film—in pursuit of the bankrobbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zenmaster Bodhi Sattva (Patrick Swayze—here played by Gearick Matthies), and features armed robbery, big-wave surfing, car chases, explosions, and no less than two extended skydiving sequences. Best of all, the starring role of Keanu will be selected at random from the audience each night, and will read their entire script off of cue-cards!

At Galapagos (directions)
2.10 8:30pm $10 in advance, $12 at door
Also 2/11, 2/17, 2/18, 2/24, 2/25
You can get tix here.