Canadian falsely tortured by the US as extremist, inquiry finds

The innocent man who was tortured with your tax dollars
Meanwhile, the tools on Capitol Hill want to rewrite the Geneva Conventions. From the Washington Post

Canadian intelligence officials passed false warnings and bad information to American agents about a Muslim Canadian citizen, after which U.S. authorities secretly whisked him to Syria, where he was tortured, a judicial report found Monday.
The report, released in Ottawa, was the result of a 2 1/2-year inquiry that represented one of the first public investigations into mistakes made as part of the United States’ “extraordinary rendition” program, which has secretly spirited suspects to foreign countries for interrogation by often brutal methods.

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Sick of the Overpriced New York Real Estate Market?

Then why not invest in a lovely house in Oregon’s newest planned community, The Shire:

All the homes in The Shire are facing the fully landscaped common areas… Walk along the curving pathways to discover scene after scene of interestingly integrated garden features within the lands of the hobbits: waterfalls tressing, streams meandering, garden statues, ponds, lush grasses, towering pines, twisted juniper. Sing in your own amphitheater, discover the homes of the orginal Shire residents embedded in the hillside. At home in The Shire……Connect with Nature……Smile at your neightbor and feel at peace in this village community, in this sanctuary, in this Place of Enchantment!

No, this isn’t a joke. We only wish it were. But if you think about it, The Shire isn’t that much stranger than Ave Maria or Park Slope. [Thanks MQ]

Monday Morning Music: Spoon & Otis Redding

The always-generous RBally has two essential live shows posted for download.
Check out Spoon at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, 2004: here
Otis Redding at the Whiskey A Go-Go, 1966: here

To Do: W-burg Gallery Hop, Brooklyn Book Festival, And Agora

The wonderful Jennifer Egan will be at the Brooklyn Book festival
Williamsburg Celebrates: Fall Forward
when: Fri 9.15 (until 10pm)

[From Flavorpill] Williamsburg galleries stay open late tonight and get festive to usher in the fall art season. Jack the Pelican presents a night of outlandish performances including Bill Etra, co-founder of the Kitchen, reading his ferret-themed poetry; Black and White Gallery hosts a vodka tasting to promote the opening of Konstantinos Stamatiou’s multimedia installation of an all-white, mobile bunker (AIRBOX II) and Roberley Bell’s at Play, an outdoor series of blob sculptures; Momenta Art’s The Unhumane Society explores and transgresses the human/animal boundary; and feral impulses fully take over when Dallas performance artist Randall Garrett and his Uncle Remus’ La Supreme Discoteca y Youth Explosion Jamboree play the afterparty at Supreme Trading. has a good listing of places to drink if you’re gallery hopping.
Brooklyn Book Festival
when: Sat 9.16 (10am-6pm)
where: Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza

[From Flavorpill] Ever wonder what Jonathan Ames’ alcoholic, self-indulgent Alan Blair and his cohort/butler Jeeves have in common with Gary Shteyngart’s Russian debutantes? It’s not vodka; it’s Brooklyn. While their characters hail from all over the globe, the authors featured in this festival have each resided in the county of Kings. So whether or not your tree grows there too, check out panel discussions with topics ranging from hip-hop as literature (with Tour√©) to Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Lethem’s muses, and performances that include a crew of promising young slam poets and Brooklyn Noir editor Tim McLoughlin. MORE INFO

If the rain ever stops, which forecasters say it may Saturday afternoon, check out Agora at McCarren Park

Tucker Carlson Is The First To Be Booted Off Dancing With The Stars

And we didn’t even know the bow tie-wearing tool was a star. [via Wonkette]

Related: Tucker cuts a rug

It's a Party: Get To Know Dubya's Base

Join us at Greenpoint Reformed Church for:
A reading, book signing, and Q&A with The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right author, Robert Lanham:
With free, old-timey Baptist snacks and not-so-Baptist drinks specials

6pm-7pm: Free snacks and fellowship in a wholesome, Christian environment.
7pm: Hipster Handbook author, Robert Lanham, reads from his new book:
The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right
With a special introduction by pastor Ann Kansfield; an openly gay minister whose denomination published literature labeling her a “dyke” before firing her father from his post at the Reformed Church of America for supporting her decision.
And at 8:15 pm: Join us at The Pencil Factory for the after party with
Three Dollar Brooklyn Beers And Well Drinks All Night!

Directions and details here.

Bush to hold talks with Kazakhstan on Borat

This is hilarious [From ThisIsLondon]:

US President George Bush is to host White House talks on British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Cohen, 35, creator of Ali G, has infuriated the Kazakhstan government with his portrayal of Borat, a bumbling Kazakh TV presenter.
And now a movie of Borat’s adventures in the US has caused a diplomatic incident.
The opening scene, which shows Borat lustily kissing his sister goodbye and setting off for America in a car pulled by a horse, had audiences in stitches when it was first shown last week.
But the film, which has just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, has prompted a swift reaction from the Kazakhstan government, which is launching a PR blitz in the States.

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Naked Cowboy To Release First Music CD

This can’t be good. From the AP

“Hands on my boobies! Hands on my boobies!”
The directive came from the Naked Cowboy, Times Square’s most famous street performer, addressing a slightly sheepish female fan posing with him for a picture on a recent afternoon. “Just squeeze away! Don’t hurt anything,” he ordered.
After eight years of playing guitar in nothing but cowboy boots, a hat and a pair of briefs (crudely marked “Naked Cowboy,” to point out the obvious), the New York City icon (real name Robert John Burck) is taking his naked ambition to the next level. He’s working on a debut album as part of his plan for “dominating the commercial landscape of the world.”
The disc, expected to be released next year, is a “little bit country, little bit rock ‘n’ roll,” the Cowboy said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
“There’ll be blues, R&B down the line and Naked Cowboy – it’s its own genre of music,” he added.
Some of the tracks have eyebrow-raising titles, the most printable, perhaps, being “Get Your Ass Kicked by a Man in his Underwear.”
“Every major record label is gonna compete to be the one to represent this project. Once again, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Naked Cowboy,” boasted the Cowboy, calling success “guaranteed.”

On another note, we know this is just a light story about the Naked Cowboy, but we still found it odd that the AP is citing Wikipedia as a source. (see the sidebar)