7/27: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Pizzaman encounters an old nemesis on the Streets of Pizza.

THESE DAYS

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out business cards and chatting up folks during communion.

A Wal-Mart in Florida has given the Pensacola News Journal the boot after printing an essay discussing the downside of the cheap prices that Sam Walton's empire has brought to America. [via Undernews]

Radar sets the rumor mill in motion about the married Karl Rove and his "close friendship" with lobbyist Karen Johnson, a never-married, forty-something GOP loyalist from Austin, Texas.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Dream Big is a positive look at life written by Kirsten Johnson. It's refreshing to read someone on the internet whose heart hasn't yet been supplanted by a little steaming lump of charcoal.

TIME WASTERS

The Chumscrubber peers into idyllic suburbia and finds all is not what it appears to be. The Sundance selection stars Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, Alison Janney, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rory Culkin, and John Heard.

Keep your little kid jacked up on sugar until nap time in the Flash game Sugar Crash.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I have six children ages 4-14. And the idea of coming off a race of the intensity that I am engaged in at this point and turning around and running another two-year campaign for president is not something that I believe is in the best interest of my family."

-- Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, announcing his intention to not join the 2008 presidential race

"Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, Forgive us our sin of being dependent upon the Automobile Industry and not on You. Please restore invention, productivity and prosperity. In Jesus Name, A Michigan Citizen."

-- Inscription on four highway billboards in Michigan, paid for by retired orthopedic surgeon Larry Johnson, frustrated by what he perceives to be a backward Michigan business climate


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