8/4: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

The board of The American Society of Journalists and Authors has voted unanimously to reverse an earlier decision to give its annual Conscience in Media award to jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller.

Rep. Mark Kennedy cancelled an appearance in St. Paul after Rep. Betty McCollum accused him of using the "public forum" as a part of his campaign for U.S. Senate.

"Chappelle's Show" writer and player Charlie Murphy is claiming the hit Comedy Central show starring comedian Dave Chappelle is officially over.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Good food, good wine, and brief musical interludes can be found at Gin & Phonics.

TIME WASTERS

An amusing little flash animation featuring President Bush being interviewed by Christopher Walken

Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Right

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Take control, Lord! We ask for additional vacancies on the court."

-- TV evangelist Pat Robertson, calling for the deaths of Supreme Court justices

"Ghoulish."

-- The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, responding to Robertson's prayer

"Many of these detainees have never had dental treatment ever. Now they have anesthesia and they have all the modern technology treatments, so a lot of them are actually very pleased because they are living better than they ever have. Many of them are happy to be there."

-- Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV), after a one-day visit to Guantanamo Bay

"You know, whenever they made fun of my makeup, it was because the newspapers colorized my photograph."

-- Former Florida Secretary of State and current Republican Congresswoman Katherine Harris, to right-wing radio host Sean Hannity, about her scary clown-like appearance during the 2000 Florida recount


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