7/15: Morning Communique
CITY PAGES BLOGS
Pizzaman was injured and his car was trashed in an accident last night. Keep tabs on his recovery and his quest for new wheels at Streets of Pizza.
Two days before he was sworn into office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger accepted a consulting job paying an estimated $8 million over five years to "further the business objectives" of a national publisher of health and bodybuilding magazines. The contract pays Schwarzenegger 1% of the magazines' advertising revenue, much of which comes from makers of nutritional supplements. Last year, the governor vetoed legislation that would have imposed government regulations on the supplement industry.
Mark A. R. Kleiman proposes that if Karl Rove didn't violate the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, he could still be in trouble under the elements of the Espionage Act.
MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY
If you haven't checked out So Get This... yet, consider yourself banged!
Dylan Hicks reviews former Nerf Herder lead singer Parry Gripp's 51-song novelty record in this week's City Pages. Nathan Mazur has created an animation for one of the more popular ditties, Do You Like Waffles?
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
"I hold no brief for the prisoners. I do hold a brief for the reputation of the United States of America as to adhering to certain standards of treatment of people no matter how evil or terrible they might be."
-- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on the Schmidt report, which found cruel and abusive treatment, but not torture of detainees at Gitmo [via Andrew Sullivan]
"Frankly, I think the whole project shows an arrogant disrespect for our show, for our cast, for America's families, and for the sensibilities of the heartland of our country... but what bothers me much more is the profanity laced script with blatant sexual situations that mocks the good clean family values of our series. Now, anybody who knows me knows that I'm not a prude. But this kind of toilet humor has no place in Hazzard County. Rather than honoring our legendary show, they have chosen to degrade it."
-- Ben "Cooter" Jones, on the new Dukes of Hazzard movie starring Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson
"My Democratic friends would be doing the nation a great service if they spent half as much time getting legislation passed that will benefit the country as they do in attacking Karl Rove. When you're out of ideas and lack vision, you are left with nothing but personal attacks and negativity. We have enough to do in the Senate in minding our own business than to be sticking our noses into someone else's business. Everyone needs to cool the rhetoric, focus on the business of the people, and allow the investigation to run its course."
-- Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who probably had trouble keeping a straight face during the "personal attacks and negativity" line