For those who have everything
July 18, 2012

During this sweltering summer, many overheated Americans are scampering for the chill of air-conditioned rooms. But what if you could take that cool comfort with you? Japanese company Kuchofuku has got you covered with its Air-Conditioned Cooling Pants ($208), whose cargo pockets conceal two battery-powered fans that direct a breeze toward your nether regions. But hold on, says Molly Oswaks at Gizmodo. Perhaps these pants "aren't as brilliant as my sun-addled mind first thought. Because: Shorts." Source: Gizmodo The Week Staff

campaign 2016
6:52 a.m. ET
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In what's being billed as "the worst kept secret" in Arkansas, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is officially joining the 2016 presidential race on Tuesday, becoming the sixth Republican in an increasingly crowded field. Huckabee will make his announcement at 11 a.m. (EDT) in Hope, Arkansas, the hometown he famously shares with former President Bill Clinton.

Huckabee is expected to gear his second presidential campaign toward working class social conservatives and claim that he is best positioned to fight the "Clinton Machine," having apparently faced it before when he was governor after Bill Clinton. Republicans are expecting to face Hillary Rodham Clinton as their Democratic opponent in the general election. Peter Weber

ISIS?
6:11 a.m. ET
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On Tuesday, Islamic State's official al-Bayan Radio said that two of its "soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on a cartoon competition in Garland, a suburb of Dallas, because the "exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Muhammad." The audio message vowed "even bigger and more bitter" attacks in the future. If authentic (and true), this is the first attack ISIS has claimed credit for inside the U.S.

In the attack, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi — roommates at an apartment in Arizona — allegedly opened fire at an unarmed guard at Garland's Curtis Culwell Center, and both were quickly shot dead by police. The people inside the exhibit were unaware of the attack until police told them. The FBI had been investigating Simpson since 2006, and accused him of trying to fly to Somalia to wage jihad in 2009; he was given three years of probation. Peter Weber

The Daily Showdown
5:38 a.m. ET

Jessica Williams' report from Washington on Monday's Daily Show is premised on two questionable assumptions: That the Supreme Court will make same-sex marriage a nationwide right, and that this ruling will quiet opponents of gay marriage. Since the writers at The Daily Show have presumably heard of Roe v. Wade, and how much that ended anti-abortion protests, the interviews come across as stylized, participatory gloating. The model is high school graduation.

"With the Supreme Court likely ruling in favor of gay marriage, chances are this would be the last hurrah for the hate class of 2015," Williams said. "Before they moved on to the real world, I wanted to commemorate them." Most of the protesters are pretty gracious, funny even, and then there's Brother Ruben Israel, voted most charismatic. It wouldn't work without Ruben Israel. Watch below. —Peter Weber

Watch this
4:41 a.m. ET

For their rendition of the Carter Family classic "Keep On the Sunny Side," on Monday's Late Show, singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile put on a hat and bolo tie and Scott Avett traded his banjo for an autoharp. The harmonies are as tight as you'd expect, and the lyrics make for pretty good retirement advice (as well as general life counsel). "That was lovely, just lovely," says David Letterman after the performance. And he's not wrong. Watch below. —Peter Weber

Quotables
4:17 a.m. ET

A year ago, the African militant group Boko Haram held a swath of Nigeria the size of Belgium, appearing unstoppable in their quest to carve out an Islamic state. An offensive by Nigerian troops and allied forces from neighboring nations has taken its toll on the rebels, according to the women rescued from Boko Haram by Nigeria last week in the Sambisa Forest. About a month ago, the women told Reuters, their captors started complaining about a shortage of guns, ammunition, and gas.

"One evening in April, Boko Haram followers stood before us and said 'Our leaders don’t want to give us enough fuel and guns and now the soldiers are encroaching on us in Sambisa. We will leave you.'," 18-year old Binta Ibrahim told Reuters. When the captors heard government helicopters, they first tried to sell of the women for about $10 apiece, then stoned some of them and fled.

In the Reuters video below, 22-year-old Hanatu Musa said the captors also complained that Boko Haram had deceived them into fighting and killing in the name of religion. —Peter Weber

The Daily Showdown
4:01 a.m. ET

On Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart had one simple message for the two gunmen who died Sunday trying to shoot up a purposefully provocative Mohammed-cartoon-drawing contest in Garland, Texas — and for everyone else. "I can't believe we have to reiterate this," he said: "It is not OK to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw, even if they drew it to offend you." To hammer that point home, various correspondents popped up from under his desk to propose various scenarios where it might be OK to shoot people. (No.)

While he was on the subject of Texas, Stewart took some low, mostly well deserved shots at Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other Texans claiming that U.S. military exercises in the state are prelude to federal martial law. "You know who's calling it a Texas takeover? Lone Star lunatics," Stewart said. "Texas, there's no Texas takeover. The United States government already controls Texas, since like the 1840s.... Just borrow a textbook from a neighboring state: It's all in there." Stewart ended with this challenge for Texas, ending with "I never thought I'd be saying this — what would Rick Perry do?" —Peter Weber

only in portland
2:06 a.m. ET
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There is a place where vegans can go and never have to worry about running across something derived from an animal: The world's first vegan mini-mall in Portland, Oregon.

Portland has a long history of supporting vegetarians and vegans, the Los Angeles Times reports. In the late 1800s, Seventh-Day Adventists, who shun meat, flocked to the Rose City, and today it even has a vegan strip club, where animal-free food is served and the dancers aren't allowed to don fur, leather, silk, or pearls. At the mini-mall, the Food Fight! grocery store sells such staples as fruits and vegetables and specialty items like meatless jerky and dairy-free chocolate. After loading up on groceries, patrons can hit up the Sweetpea Baking Co. for vegan baked goods, Herbivore for clothes and pleather purses, and Scapegoat Tattoo, where owner Brian Thomas Wilson uses ink that does not contain any animal byproducts.

Wilson told the Times that when he opened the shop a decade ago, there weren't too many people looking for a vegan tattoo parlor. Now, he often finds himself tattooing pieces that showcase a client's dedication to the lifestyle. Wilson himself became a vegan in 1999, after he ordered a 79-cent breakfast at a casino in Reno, and couldn't eat the hunk of ham and fluorescent yellow eggs. "That was the lightbulb that went off," he said. "It changed my whole life." Catherine Garcia

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