Michael J. Fox responds to Limbaugh's claims that he was "exaggerating the effects of the disease"

In case you missed it, here’s the disgusting story from the Washington Post

Possibly worse than making fun of someone’s disability is saying that it’s imaginary. That is not to mock someone’s body, but to challenge a person’s guts, integrity, sanity.
To Rush Limbaugh on Monday, Michael J. Fox looked like a faker. The actor, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, has done a series of political ads supporting candidates who favor stem cell research, including Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, who is running against Republican Michael Steele for the Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes.
“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease,” Limbaugh told listeners. “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. . . . This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”

Michael J. Fox responds to Limbaugh’s oxycontin-induced claims here.

It's A Mandate

51% of American voters want Bush impeached.
28% say doing so is High Priority.
[from Newsweek via Wonkette]

Borat -The First 4 Minutes Of His Movie

The Sinner Meets The Righteous

We’ve been meaning to mention Lauren Sandler’s fantastic new book, Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement. It’s a wonderful overview of the emerging ‘disciple generation’ that introduces readers to our nation’s leading evangelical youth leaders and their followers. From the scary (Ryan Dobson), to the misogynistic (Mark Driscoll), to the bizarre (Stephen Baldwin), to the progressive (Jay Bakker), Sandler covers all her bases with humor, insight, and grace. Well, maybe not grace. Lauren is a card-carrying secular humanist destined to spend an eternity in hell removed from God’s grace, just like us. (You can read an excerpt of Righteous here and purchase a copy here.)
The book is a great companion piece to our book, The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right and tonight author Robert Lanham will be doing a reading with Sandler in New York. Coincidentally, Sandler and Lanham both live in Williamsburg. Very strange, given the similarity of their books. Here’s tonight’s info:
Robert Lanham & Lauren Sandler at The Half King
October 23 at 7pm, FREE

505 West 23rd Street
INFO: http://www.thehalfking.com/calendar/2006/sandler.htm
DIRECTIONS: http://www.thehalfking.com/directions/

To Do: Frank Black, Jen Dunlap, Zombiecon, And Bushwick Open Studios

Jen Dunlap
Friday October 20th
• Start it off with FREE BEER and art: Jen Dunlap at Riverfawn
Frank Black at Warsaw
Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave.
8 p.m. $25.

From Paper: For those of us that long for the Pixies like the deserts miss the rain, we will always find solace in the solo performances of Frank Black who led the Pixies from 1986 to 1992 (and most recently during their neverending reunion tour) with his powerful vocals and cryptic lyrics. With this year’s release of his new studio album, Fast Man Raider Man, Black takes things down a notch with some veritable slow jams.

• If you’ve overdosed on Frank and The Pixies, why not go see Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette which opens tonight.
Saturday October 21th
Bushwick Open Studios
Price: Free
Time: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

From FREENYC: Under 30 year old artist (and art students) are heading out to Bushwick in droves and using the marketing savvy to declare Bushwick the next big artists community. See if their touting the next big thing or the next big hype as dozens of studios open their doors today for a neighborhood wide art crawl. Expect a good bit of drunken madness in the mix as well. MORE INFO

And don’t miss:
where: TBA
price: FREE

From Flavorpill: Halloween’s a mere ten days away and the undead are rallying for NYC’s second annual Zombiecon. Last year, the cavalcade of creepy cadavers shuffled past the posh shoppers on 5th Avenue and lurched into the ice rink at Rockefeller Center — this year, horror-heads interested in terrorizing tourists can email the organizers for the location and other top-secret updates of this year’s faux-gore-fest. Decaying duds are a must and some local barkeeps deeply discount their, um, spirits to assuage the walking dead. Zombies always make time to eat squares who aren’t cool enough to get dead and have already swarmed the cable cars and Apple Store in San Francisco. Good thing there’s not a fancy new Apple Store in New York. Oh wait… MORE INFO HERE

Top General: Rumsfeld "Leads In A Way That The Good Lord Tells Him"

So are they listening, as they claim, to the commanders on the ground or to the “divine” voices they hear in their heads? [From the AFP]

The top US general defended the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying it is inspired by God.
“He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country,” said Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Rumsfeld is “a man whose patriotism focus, energy, drive, is exceeded by no one else I know … quite simply, he works harder than anybody else in our building,” Pace said at a ceremony at the Southern Command (Southcom) in Miami.
Rumsfeld has faced a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation, largely over his handling of the
Iraq war.
But he got a strong show of support from the military establishment at Thursday’s ceremony, where Navy Admiral James Stavridis took over Southcom’s command from General Bantz Craddock.
“He comes to work everyday with a single-minded focus to make this country safe,” said Stavridis who was a senior aide to Rumsfeld before taking on the Southcom job.
“We’re lucky as a nation that he continues to serve with such passion and such integrity and such determination and such brilliance,” said Stavridis, 51.
As head of Southcom, Stavridis will be responsible for military cooperation with Latin American countries, and will be in charge of the Guantanamo US military base in Cuba where more than 400 “war on terror” detainees are being held.
Craddock, who was named supreme commander of allied forces in Europe, hailed the role Southcom has played.
“Today I believe that we can say we were successful in our efforts and contributed to ensuring our nation’s security through support on the global war on terror, and encouraged regional cooperation to enhance the security and stability in the region,” he said.

The Sound Of Desperation

GOP to Air Ad Warning of Terror Attacks
You can see the disgusting new ad here.

Worst. Congress. Ever.

The hilarious and talented Matt Taibbi penned a fantastic cover story for Rolling Stone this month: “The Worst Congress Ever.” If you haven’t read it yet, here it is:

There is very little that sums up the record of the U.S. Congress in the Bush years better than a half-mad boy-addict put in charge of a federal commission on child exploitation. After all, if a hairy-necked, raincoat-clad freak like Rep. Mark Foley can get himself named co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, one can only wonder: What the hell else is going on in the corridors of Capitol Hill these days? READ IT ALL

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