Conan – Triumph at the Tonys

"I Got a Crush… On Obama"

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Pentagon: 'Surge' Not Working

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illustration: Tim Jessell
So can we go home now? [Via HuffPost]

Violence in Iraq, as measured by casualties among troops and civilians, has edged higher despite the U.S.-led security push in Baghdad, the Pentagon told Congress on Wednesday…
“To date, operations in Baghdad indicate that Iraqi government delivery on these commitments has been uneven,” the report said. “For example, there have been reports of political involvement by some leaders in tactical and operational decisions that bypass the standard chain of (military) command.”
The report offered a less-than-optimistic outlook for political reconciliation among the rival sectarian groups in Iraq. It said Shiite fear of a Sunni return to power and splits within the Shiite community “will continue to impede formation of a ‘Shiite consensus’ and complicate reconciliation with the Sunnis.”

HELLO BROOKLYN….. Beastie Boys To Play McCarren Park Pool, August 9

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This will be the Beastie’s FIRST Brooklyn show, EVER. More information at McCarrenpark.com. UPDATE: Presale tickets available Friday.
They will also be playing Summer Stage August 8.
The band’s new record, The Mix-Up, will be released on June 26. From Wikipedia:

The Mix-Up is the forthcoming album by Beastie Boys, scheduled for release on June 26, 2007. On May 1, 2007, an e-mail sent to those on the Beastie Boys’ mailing list revealed the album is all instrumental.
‚”OK, here’s our blurb about our new album — it spits hot fire! — hot shit! it’s official… it’s named THE MIX-UP. g’wan. all instrumental record. “see i knew they were gonna do that!” that’s a quote from you. check the track listing and cover below. you love us. don’t you?””
Mike D said that “even though The Mix-Up is a “post-punk instrumental” album, the Beasties have no plans to ditch vocals for good. In fact, they are currently planning another version of the album that will feature collaborations with “a pretty wide array” of “mostly newer” vocalists.
An advance copy of the album leaked onto the internet on June 01, 2007.

Their new single:
“Off the Grid” MP3
Off the Grid Video:

Poll: 68% Of Republicans Reject Evolution

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From the AP

The three Republican presidential candidates who indicated last month that they do not believe in evolution may have been taking a safe stance on the issue when it comes to appealing to GOP voters.
A Gallup poll released Monday said that while the country is about evenly split over whether the theory of evolution is true, Republicans disbelieve it by more than 2-to-1.
Republicans saying they don’t believe in evolution outnumbered those who do by 68 percent to 30 percent in the survey. Democrats believe in evolution by 57 percent to 40 percent, as do independents by a 61 percent to 37 percent margin.
The poll also said that those who go to church often are far likelier to reject evolution than those who do not. Republicans are likelier than Democrats or independents to attend church services, according to Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.
At the GOP’s first presidential debate last month, the 10 candidates were asked which of them did not believe in evolution. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo raised their hands.
The Gallup survey, conducted May 21 to 24, involved telephone interviews with 1,007 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Planning Session for McCarren Park Pool Improvements This Wed.

Help make a difference this Wednesday, June 13th :
Community Board #1, The Open Space Alliance (OSA), and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation invite you to an open public design and planning session for McCarren Park Pool improvements:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2007
5:00 PM & 7:00 PM (two sessions)
SWINGING 60’S SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER
211 AINSLIE STREET
(Corner of Manhattan Avenue)
Rather than simply responding to a Parks Dept proposal, we invite you to participate in creating the design.

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White Stripes "Icky Thump" Album Stream, "Jack & Meg USB Drives

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It’s not availablle until June 15, but you can stream Icky Thump in its entirety at MTV’s The Leak.
People seem to love the record. We want one of these USB drives:

Icky Thump is available in a new format: Jack and Meg USB drives. Custom created for The White Stripes, each 512-megabyte drive contains a copy of their new album in the Apple Lossless Format. There were only 3,333 of each drive created.

Broken Social Scene & Feist at McCarren Park Pool

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They’ll be at McCarren Park Pool August 29. Sounds like it won’t be a traditional Broken Social Scene show: [via Brooklyn Vegan]

On September 18th Arts&Crafts will release, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS KEVIN DREW, “SPIRIT IF…”
Kevin Drew’s “Spirit If…” was recorded over the last two years at Ohad Benchetrits house in between social scene tours and day-to-day life.It was produced by Ohad Benchetrit, Kevin Drew, and Charles Spearin.
This is the first in the BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS series. Brendan Canning and company are currently recording the second in Toronto. It will be released early next year.
Drew and Canning, the two co-founders of Broken Social Scene decided to approach making records as solo projects. In the process the social scene community took part and played key supporting roles, thus giving birth to this series.
Along with the BSS crew, Drew has invited many other guests to perform on “Spirit If…”.
The record unfolds like aemotional comic book. It’s Drew’s song-writing and all his favourite topics are addressed: fucking, fighting, fearing and hope. FFFH.
This fall Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, along with new members will commence the “BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PERFORMS” touring series.They will tour select songs from this album and a others from this series.

Tickets go on sale Friday. We have the full McCarren Park Pool schedule posted at mccarrenpark.com. Information about this show can be found here.
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“Bring It On” will kick off the McCarren Park film series
The Summer Screen free film series at McCarren Park Pool has just been announced as well. We’ve posted the full calender at mccarrenpark.com/film