7/26: Morning Communique

This week's City Pages cover story, The Scandal That Could Eat Bush's Brain, about the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame affair, has already been posted for your wonky pleasure.

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Pizzaman has a new Pizza Car guiding him through the Streets of Pizza.

Jack Sparks sings the praises of Drag the River, as only he can, at the Other Side of Country.

Get personal with Dylan Hicks, if you dare, at Hicksy's Infrequently Updated Blog.

THESE DAYS

Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.

Raw Story has a letter from Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) to President Bush asking for a promise that Bush won't pardon those who outed CIA Agent Valerie Plame.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

MNObserver, cleversponge, rew, and Smartie join forces against conservatives, local and national, at Power Liberal.

TIME WASTERS

CNet's been spitting out Top 10 lists in honor of their tenth anniversary. The latest recalls the internet's Top Ten Fads. Haven't heard that Hamsterdance tune in a while. Re-opened a few emotional scars, if I can share.

MSN tries to take a bite out of Google Maps with Virtual Earth.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Meantime, got to admire the cojones of those Brit cops to go after him like that. All of this trumps any of my other complaints that the Brits weren't making the right noises about fighting terror. They like to go about things a bit more quietly than us. Not my style, but okay, fine -- as long as they get the five in the noggin of the right bomber boy. They do that and I'm fine. So for the moment, alls well. Just catch the four bombers. Five in the noggin is fine. Don't complain that sounds barbaric. We're fighting barbaric."

-- FOX commentator John Gibson, on British police shooting a Brazilian electrician five times in the head. The man, Jean Charles de Menezes, is now believed to be unconnected to the recent London bombings

"I promise I will become a spokesperson, if you allow me to, a spokesperson on your behalf. I will defend you and try to get rid of any stereotypes."

-- Has-been singer and United Nations Children's Fund goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin, speaking to youngsters from 16 mainly Arab countries at a youth conference [via HuffPo]

"We expected that the new pope, who on taking office emphasized the importance he places on relations between the Church and the Jewish people, would behave differently."

-- Israeli Foreign Ministry statement, admonishing Pope Benedict XVI for not admonishing those behind recent terrorist attacks in Israel, in Sunday's statement condemning attacks in Egypt, Britain, Turkey and Iraq


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