8/31: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Former New Orleans resident Peter S. Scholtes has Katrina updates, including an interview with Phil Frasier of the Rebirth Brass Band at Complicated Fun.

THESE DAYS

In 2004, the ratio of average CEO pay to the average pay of a production (i.e., non-management) worker was 431-to-1, up from 301-to-1 in 2003, according to "Executive Excess," an annual report released Tuesday by the liberal research groups United for a Fair Economy and the Institute for Policy Studies.

You can follow the New Orleans/Katrina tragedy at the WWL-TV blog.

Pope Benedict XVI faces his first controversy over the direction of the Catholic church after it was revealed that the Vatican has drawn up a religious instruction preventing gay men from being priests.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

If you're interested in conservation, birds, blowers, gardening, and bat houses, check in with St. Paulite Darlene at Nature Info.

TIME WASTERS

Minnesota State Fair photos at Flickr

Steve Gilliard at his News Blog hands out Kombat Keyboard Badges to those pundits who advocate the Iraq War, but refuse to serve or have family members serve, when eligible.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"None of your fucking business."

-- a patron at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, to FOX News anchorman Shepard Smith, when asked on live television what he was still doing at the hotel as Hurricane Katrina was approaching

"What are these Bush Republicans afraid of? Dirty looks from the help at the country club?"

-- Pundit Pat Buchanan on Bush's stance on allowing Mexican immigrants to cross into the United States illegally

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