10/20: Morning Communique
CITY PAGES BLOGS
Republican leaders hope to pass in the House today a bill to cut mandatory federal programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid and student loans by $50 billion over the next five years, instead of the previously planned $35 billion.
A prisoner in a Romanian jail has filed a lawsuit against God, blaming him for the troubles in his life. He wants the Almighty brought to account for failing to fulfill the commitments He undertook and for taking bribes.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps blocked all access to commercial e-mail services, such as Yahoo!, Hotmail, America Online and Google, from overseas government computers.
MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY
Steve Gigl has a few more ideas for improving the newly-redesigned Star Tribune. Check them out at Perspective and Soda.
Factotum, the film shot in Minneapolis and starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, and Marisa Tomei, is opening on November 18.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
"Families should not be deceived. The top three worst shows all contain crude and raunchy dialogue with sex-themed jokes and foul language. Even worse is the fact that Hollywood is peddling its filth to families with cartoons."
-- L. Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council, naming FOX programs "The War at Home," "Family Guy," and "American Dad" at the top of PTC's annual listing of the worst prime-time shows for family viewing