8/11: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

The United States mulled the unprecedented step of refusing Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad a visa to attend next month's U.N. General Assembly, the State Department said.

Via Raw Story, members of the progressive Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out have begun to trickle into Crawford, Texas, to join mother of fallen soldier Cindy Sheehan and call on President Bush to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Help get Chele out of her recent funk by reading her at Cheleblog.

TIME WASTERS

Intellectual Takeout, your neo-con talking points for doing battle with those damn liberal college professors, is now online, thanks to the Foundations for Active Conservative Thinking (FACT).

Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni live the suburban dream, partially funded by their freelance work as petty thieves in Fun with Dick & Jane.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"This year the Department of Defense will initiate an America Supports Your Freedom Walk."

-- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, announcing Pentagon-sponsored 9/11 activities

"How about telling Mr. Rumsfeld to leave the memories of September 11 victims to the families?"

-- Monica Gabrielle, who lost her husband on 9/11, responding to the proposed walk-a-thon

"...that son of a bitch..."

-- Radio host Don Imus, commenting on Rumsfeld and his Iraq policies, not the walk-a-thon, on his August 10, 2005 program

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