7/19 Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Check out Pizzaman's demolished Pizzacar at Streets of Pizza. Pizzaman stared death in the face, and death blinked!

THESE DAYS

The National Rifle Association said it is pulling its 2007 national convention out of Columbus, Ohio, because of the city's outlawing of the sale or possession of semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines.

Native American groups won another chance to challenge trademarks covering the name and logo of the Washington Redskins. The football franchise had appeared to prevail in the longstanding trademark fight when a federal judge ruled in its favor nearly two years ago. But the U.S. Court of Appeals said the case deserves another look because one of the plaintiffs might have been unfairly denied the right to pursue it.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Track the progress of web entrepreneur John Gall of Elk River at beer234.

TIME WASTERS

Ever wonder how Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey became an advertising icon thanks to a Minneapolis ad agency? No? Well, read this anyway.

The System Administrator Song

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"If this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites."

-- Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), when asked what should be done if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons

"A tail is so expressive. On a cat you can tell if they're annoyed. You can tell whether they are scared. They bush their tail. If I was an actor and I had to play scared in a movie all I'd have to do is bush my tail. I think that if actors had tails it would change everything."

-- actor Christopher Walken, on acting and cats [via Golden Fiddle]

"Women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain't real. That thing ain't got no feeling in it. It ain't natural. Anytime somebody got to slap some grease on your behind and stick something in you, it's something wrong with that. Your butt ain't made for that."

-- Rev. Willie Wilson, a prominent minister in Washington, D.C., who is leading efforts to organize the Millions More Movement, in a recent sermon on homosexuality

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