8/29: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Steve Monaco has your Monday Movie Quiz at Couch Pundit.

Jack Sparks responds to Diablo Cody's State Fair post at the Other Side of Country.

THESE DAYS

Thailand's leader is trying to ferret out a government minister who allegedly had a penis enlargement, saying news of it is affecting the Cabinet's reputation.

The 43-year-old virgin

Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, wants a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to apologize for Pat Robertson's assassination remarks. I'd run him through the metal detector at the airport a couple times, just to make sure.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

A Minnesotan currently living in Australia authors a blog, the title I keep misreading: pantryraider.

TIME WASTERS

The Cyborg Name Generator. Construct Optimized for Repair and Efficient Yelling at your service.

Mark your calendars, October 9 is National Porn Sunday. The anti-porn event includes prayer and the viewing of a film called "Missionary Positions."

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"The president has been anti-science for a long time. This is the most antiscientific regime that I've seen in America in my lifetime. I'm a trained physician, as you're aware. I'm insulted by that. It's going to harm America. What serious business is going to invest in America if a scientific education is influenced by politics? Science ought to be taught as science. If you want to teach religion, that's a separate debate. But science should be taught as science."

-- DNC Chair Dr. Howard Dean, weighing in on the Intelligent Design/evolution debate

"We'll hunt down your king. It doesn't make any difference where he tries to hide... You're doomed to spend eternity in hell. All you Swedes and your Swedish king and his family."

-- radical cleric Fred Phelps, declaring a war on the gay-friendly Scandinavian country

"This lady (Sheehan) and the groups that have been demonstrating in front of the president's ranch in Crawford and following him around are the very same people that were the dropout, turn-on, anti-war peace activists back [in the Vietnam War era]. They still have this crazy notion that by just being peaceful and maybe toking up or something like that -- it's like an ostrich with its head in the sand -- maybe the danger and the bad guys will go away and leave you alone, which is not gonna happen."

-- Pop music dinosaur Pat Boone, calling Cindy Sheehan a pot-smoking hippie


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