To do this Weekend: Thanks Cakehead

We’ve been negligent in our duties and failed to provide a weekend to-do list. Luckily, Cakehead has us covered. Check out her great suggestions here. If you’re looking for a yummy new Williamsburg restaurant, try Pies & Thighs. And don’t forget that Sunday is Father’s Day.

Sponsor of Ten Commandments Bill Can Only Name Three

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Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland was on The Colbert Report last night and in a priceless moment flaundered when Colbert asked him to list the Ten Commandments. He could only come up with three:
Watch the video, via Crooks and Liars, here
here’s the Transcript:
Colbert: You have not introduced a single piece of legislation since you entered Congress.
Westmoreland: That’s correct.
Colbert: This has been called a do nothing Congress. Is it safe to say you’re the do nothingest?
Westmoreland: I, I, ..Well there’s one other do nothiner. I don’t know who that is, but they’re a Democrat.
Colbert: What can we get rid of to balance the budget?
Westmoreland: The Dept. of Education.
Colbert: What are the Ten Commandments?
Westmoreland: You mean all of them?–Um… Don’t murder. Don’t lie. Don’t steal Um… I can’t name them all.

Evangelical, 'Axis of Evil' Speechwriter Due to Step Down

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Michael Gerson

[From WaPo]
Since first joining the presidential campaign as chief speechwriter in 1999, Gerson has evolved into one of the most central figures in Bush’s inner circle, often considered among the three or four aides closest to the president. Beyond shaping the language of the Bush presidency, Gerson helped set its broader direction.
He was a formulator of the Bush doctrine making the spread of democracy the fundamental goal of U.S. foreign policy, a policy hailed as revolutionary by some and criticized as unrealistic by others. He led a personal crusade to make unprecedented multibillion-dollar investments in fighting AIDS, malaria and poverty around the globe. He became one of the few voices pressing for a more aggressive policy to stop genocide in Darfur, even as critics complained of U.S. inaction.
“He might have had more influence than any White House staffer who wasn’t chief of staff or national security adviser” in modern times, said William Kristol

Bush Antogonizes Blind Reporter For Wearing Shades

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click to see video [via ThinkProgress]
Transcript:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?
Q I can take them off.
THE PRESIDENT: I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.
Q All right, I’ll keep it, then.
THE PRESIDENT: For the viewers, there’s no sun. (Laughter.)
Q I guess it depends on your perspective. (Laughter.)

Don't Be Evil?

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This story hit the wires last week and we decided not to comment, assuming the media and blogs would be all over it. Oddly, the story has been all but ignored with patchy coverage here and there from tech blogs. So here goes:

[ From the AP] Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
Meeting with reporters near Capitol Hill, Brin said Google had agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked its service in that country. Google’s rivals accommodated the same demands ‚Äî which Brin described as “a set of rules that we weren’t comfortable with” ‚Äî without international criticism, he said.
“We felt that perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective service and perhaps make more of a difference,” Brin said….
“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say, ‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said. “It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”

We’ve been opposed to the deal all along, especially given the company’s better-than-thou posturing and their “don’t be evil” mantra. Brin’s statement of course begs the question if Google compromised their principles, why not change course now? Maybe Google will decide to do the right thing in the coming weeks, but simply issuing a statement admitting that they fucked up is an empty gesture.

Important Architects of our Preemptive War Policy Due to Shut Down

You know, now that they’ve been proven wrong and have the blood of Iraq on their greedy, imperialistic hands. [From AntiWar.com]

Is the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which did so much to promote the invasion of Iraq and an Israel-centered”global war on terror,” closing down?
In the absence of an official announcement and the failure since late last year of a live person to answer its telephone number, a Washington Post obituary would seem to be definitive. And, sure enough, the Post quoted one unidentified source presumably linked to PNAC that the group was “heading toward closing” with the feeling of “goal accomplished.”
In fact, the 9-year-old group, whose 27 founders included Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld, among at least half a dozen of the most powerful hawks in the George W. Bush administration’s first term, has been inactive since January 2005, when it issued the last of its “statements,” an appeal to significantly increase the size of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to cope with the growing demands of the kind of “Pax Americana” it had done so much to promote.

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Pies and Thighs

We checked out a great new restaurant in Williamsburg last weekend, Pies & Thighs. Our favorite food blog, cakehead, has a story here. The name Pies and Thighs makes us feel dirty, but definitely pay them a visit before the crowds discover them.

Live Cat Power

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We saw Cat Power perform over the weekend at Town Hall with the The Memphis Rhythm Band. It was [surprisingly] an AMAZING show. Chan seemed completely at ease an energized playing with a band. And the ten-piece Memphis Rhythm Band was a lot of fun. She played every song off of her latest record, The Greatest, and a handful of covers including “Wild is the Wind,” “Hit the Road Jack,” and “House of the Rising Sun.” Defying her reputation as a bad performer, Chan frequently joked with the crowd and even did a costume change. She came out for an encore wearing a tight, white prom dress. We were pissed back in February when she cancelled a series of shows due to “health issues” — perhaps a bout with the bottle since she made several references to being sober at Saturday’s show– but her performance more than made up for it.
RBally has a great live Cat Power bootleg here.