9/26: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Diablo says good-bye to sweet Agnes the pup at Pussy Ranch.

THESE DAYS

An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600.

NewsMax thinks Al Gore is poised to make a comeback and could pose a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential race.

A 14-year-old student was expelled from Ontario (CA) Christian School because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent, Leonard Stob, said in a letter.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) joined individual Louisiana gun owners in a federal lawsuit to stop authorities from confiscating firearms from private citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Not to get all meta on your ass, but the Minnesota Blog of the Day isn't a blog, but it's City Pages's own Minnesota-Based Blog Directory that's moved to its new home at blogs.citypages.com/mnblogs. Blogs by former and current Minnesotans can be posted there by sending me a nice little note with the title and link.

TIME WASTERS

Amy Sedaris plays Paulie the Penis in an amusing little flash film about puberty.

Peter Griffin and Michael Moore in a farting contest from Family Guy

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I clearly miscalculated how popular it would be to show Calvin urinating on a Ford logo... Actually, I wasn't against all merchandising when I started the strip, but each product I considered seemed to violate the spirit of the strip, contradict its message, and take me away from the work I loved. If my syndicate had let it go at that, the decision would have taken maybe 30 seconds of my life."

-- Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, discussing the merchandising of his famed comic strip


"The First Amendment has not repealed the basic rule of life, that he who pays the piper calls the tune. When you place the government in charge of funding art, just as when you place the government in charge of providing education, somebody has to pick the content of what art is going to be funded, what subjects are going to be taught."

-- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, on federal funding for the arts


"Plus, a dog swallows a knife and lives."

-- FOX9 anchorman Jeff Passolt promoting last night's 9:00 p.m. telecast


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