8/2: Morning Communique

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Steve Monaco has this week's movie quiz, as well as last week's winners, at Couch Pundit.

THESE DAYS

Outspoken Catholic Cardinal Rosalio Castillo took his war of words with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a new level in an interview published Sunday, calling him "a paranoid dictator" who needs "an exorcism."

Planting trees can create deserts, lower water tables and drain rivers, rather than filling them, claims a new report supported by the British government.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Listening to The Hold Steady while mowing the lawn at Society Dome.

TIME WASTERS

Books, DVDs, and timeshares are three of the ten items Liz Pulliam Weston at MSN advises you should never buy new.

Julianne Moore plays another 1950s struggling wife and Woody Harrelson has a really bad hairpiece in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Carly Simon sold 50,000 more albums than Michael Jackson."

-- A spokeswoman for Neilsen Soundscan, which monitors U.S. record sales, on the 8,000 copies of Michael Jackson's new CD The Essential that were sold last week

"Senator Norm Coleman and Congressman Mark Kennedy betrayed the sugarbeet growers, workers, coop owners and operators, and civic leaders of west central and northwestern Minnesota. It is disgraceful that Congressman Mark Kennedy sold out the people of Minnesota for his own political fundraising. This is proof positive that he does not deserve to be a United States Senator."

-- U.S. Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN), admonishing Coleman and Kennedy for their votes on CAFTA

"When I worked with Willie Nelson - who is just about the nicest man I've ever worked with in my life - I thought, 'If I'd have been gay, it would've saved me millions, just because we'd still be happily married.'"

-- Actor Burt Reynolds, on his Dukes of Hazzard co-star Willie Nelson

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