7/11: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Bob Smith declares war on Minnesota state government over the cigarette tax at No Force No Fraud.

A little cat photo-blogging and the amazing things you can do with Reddi-Whip at Pussy Ranch.

THESE DAYS

The U.S. military has hired Halliburton Co. for nearly $5 billion in new work in Iraq under a logistics contract that has so far earned the Texas firm $9.1 billion, the Army said last week.

U.S. groups fighting AIDS overseas are being given an ultimatum by the government: Pledge your opposition to sex trafficking and prostitution or do without federal funds.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Joe is a Sonic Youth fan who's spent some time in New Mexico and Arizona, only to return to the frozen tundra. Peek Into the Mind... of a Povert.

TIME WASTERS

Eerily Photoshopped child beauty contest winners

Claire Danes stars in the movie adaptation of Steve Martin's so-so first novella Shopgirl.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH [LONDON TERROR ON FOX NEWS EDITION]

"I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, 'Hmmm, time to buy.'"

-- FOX News' Brit Hume to Shepard Smith

 

"I think that works to our advantage, in the western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened."

-- FOX News' Brian Kilmeade

 

"If they had picked France instead of London to hold the Olympics, it would have been the one time we could look forward to where we didn't worry about terrorism. They'd blow up Paris, and who cares? This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics - let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

-- FOX News' John Gibson



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