8/18: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Elaine Cassel has a treatise on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts and the death penalty at Civil Liberties Watch.

THESE DAYS

Two Florida businessmen active in Republican Party politics say the GOP is courting cable TV host and former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough to replace U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris in the 2006 Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has paved the way for the first legal execution in Iraq since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, the presidential office said Wednesday. The case involves three men sentenced to hang for murdering three policemen.

Former "Power Rangers" extra Skylar Deleon and his wife have been ordered to stand trial for the murder of a wealthy California couple who, prosecutors say, were tied to the anchor of their yacht and thrown overboard alive.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

John Gall from Elk River is trying to make web publishing pay off for him. Follow his progress on the blog awesomely titled beer234.

TIME WASTERS

Darth Fido

Apparently you only have two more days to enjoy the Fayreform National Breast Pride Week. Heh, heh, two.

Huge sculptures and murals made entirely of apples

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Our children are dying and I think it's time to go support Cindy and see if Bush will come out and we can say, 'President Bush, what is the mission exactly?' Truth has been shifting all around and I think we need to rejoin the world community and not occupy another nation."

-- State Sen. Becky Lourey, who, along with FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, is joining the vigil started by Cindy Sheehan outside President Bush's Crawford Ranch

"Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real. It's nothing more than an attempt. It's the latest effort made by the coordinated left."

-- Radio bloviator Rush Limbaugh, August 15, 2005, apparently not buying Cindy Sheehan's story


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