9/1: Morning Communique
CITY PAGES BLOGS
Calling the investigation into personnel practices in his administration a wasteful game of political gotcha, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher pardoned nine current and former officials who have been indicted for violating the state's personnel law that bars them from hiring or firing merit employees solely for political reasons.
Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe have voted to oppose the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
Via Raw Story, the American Civil Liberties Union released an FBI document that designates a Michigan-based peace group and an affirmative action advocacy group as potentially "involved in terrorist activities."
The attorney general of Tennessee has admonished country singer Gretchen Wilson for glamorizing chewing tobacco in her song "Skoal Ring."
The number of Americans without health insurance rose by 800,000 last year, reaching a record high of nearly 46 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY
When's that housing bubble going to burst? Keep an eye on the local real estate market at Behind the Mortgage.
Fans of vintage Marvel Comics: The Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center is now online
David Strathairn plays Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck about Murrow's conflict with Sen. Joe McCarthy and his Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s. Co-starring Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Clooney.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
"ATTN: SUPERDOME RESIDENTS: I think it's time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you're working on that, find the biggest guy you can and when he's not expecting it beat him senseless. Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It's never too soon to be prepared."
-- National Review pundit Jonah Goldberg at NR's The Corner blog
"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city. From 'Girls Gone Wild' to [gay festival] 'Southern Decadence,' New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same."
-- Repent America director Michael Marcavage, with a heart full of Christian love
"It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."
-- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, June 8, 2004