McCarren Park Condo Launches The Most Annoying Ad Campaign On Earth

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Gawker has the story.
Related: Williamsburg condo group launches the second most annoying ad campaign on Earth.

What's Your New York Age?

TimeOut has a pretty cool quiz posted here. [Thanks Kevin]

Colonel's Controversial Suicide Note Published: "I didn't volunteer to support corrupt, money grubbing contractors… lies"

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When Colonel Ted Westhusing killed himself two years ago, he was the highest ranking American officer to lose his life in Iraq. His suicide note, just revealed by the Editor & Publisher make his passing all the more tragic: [via cliffschecter.blogspot.com]

‚”I didn’t volunteer to support corrupt, money grubbing contractors, nor work for commanders only interested in themselves. I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored. I trust no Iraqi. I cannot live this way.(snip)
“Trust is essential — don’t know who trust anymore. Why serve when you cannot accomplish the mission, when you no longer believe in the cause, when your every effort and breath to succeed meets with lies, lack of support, and selfishness? No more. Reevaluate yourselves, cdrs [commanders]. You are not what you think you are and I know it.”

Sharks Are Dicks

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It’s shark attack season again so, appropriately, someone has set up a blog devoted to shark attacks (not to mention the world’s deepest swimming pool). Be careful the next time you’re wading the waters at Jones Beach; the site details the story of a woman who was recently attacked in 2 feet of water in South Carolina.
Warning…. if you’re easily disturbed avoid going here. We can’t decide if we’re more upset by the image of the victim, or of the fact that “Send this image as eCard” is an option. [Thanks Carlos]

Adult Swim's Warm & Scratchy Compilation

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Somehow, we missed this when it was launched a few weeks ago: a free promotional compilation put out by Adult Swim featuring TV On The Radio, Broken Social Scene, Liars, Les Savy Fav, the Rapture, Fennesz, Asobi Seksu, The Good the Bad & the Queen, and many more. Download ’em all here. [Thanks Kevin]

Issue Project Room Hosting Final Show At Gowanus Silo On June 30th

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Issue Project Room, which has been hosting some amazing shows at a former oil silo on the Gowanus Canal, is about to move to a new location. BrooklynVegan has the story:

SHARE celebrates ISSUE Project Room’s final night in their current location — the unique silo on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. To celebrate IPR’s time in the silo and their move to a new space, SHARE will run a multimedia open-jam, inviting everyone and anyone to join, including those who have performed at, visited, or simply love IPR. It will utilize Stephan Moore’s 16-Channel Hemispherical Speaker System and IPR’s cylinder structure for visual projections both inside and outside the space. Please come to play, hang out, or participate in many toasts! [Issue Project Room]

Turns out, its just gonna get too smelly down there at Gowanus [insert dirty hipsters joke]. We’ll deeply miss seeing shows at this amazing space.

Bush's Surgeon General Nominee: gay sex is hazardous to your health

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Joseph Holsinger
From Pam’sHouse Blend

OMG. Bible Belt Blogger took a look at Surgeon General nominee Dr. James Holsinger’s infamous 1991 anti-gay paper, “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality,” (PDF) and it will be one swinging confirmation hearing when a Senator reads this passage aloud when inquiring about Holsinger’s views on what he calls the dangers of “anal eroticism.” This was prepared for the Committee to Study Homosexuality of the United Methodist Church:
Gay sex, he warned, can lead to “lacerations, perforations and deaths…The anatomic and physiologic facts of alimentation and reproduction simply do not change based on any cultural setting. In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur as noted above.”

Related: Bush Nominee For Surgeon General Thinks He Can “Cure” Gays

The Ponderosa Stomp Is Coming to McCarren Park Pool, 7-15-07

They’ll be serving it up Brooklyn style at McCarren Park Pool. From PonderosaStomp.com

The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, reggae and soul. Founded in New Orleans and produced by the non-profit Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, a diverse group of music fanatics who have presented over 40 concerts with over 150 musical legends, the Stomp always succeeds in exposing rare musical icons to their adoring fans and to new audiences. The Stomp itself has now become legendary in reviving careers and giving a new lease on musical life to so many performers.

Performances by:
Roy Head
Bobby Patterson
Willy Tee
Tammi Lynn
Ray Sharpe
Tommy McClain
With house band:
Teenie Hodges, Scott Bomar, Willie Tee, Willy Hall
We have the full McCarren Park Pool schedule posted here.

Roy Head: “Treat Her Right”
Listen: The Ponderosa Stomp on NPR’s All Things Considered.