11/01: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Steve Monaco has the Monday Movie Quiz and "November Hell" at Couch Pundit.

THESE DAYS

The annual worldwide press freedom index from Reporters Without Borders shows the United States in 44th place, a drop from a favorable position of 22nd held last year, and from 17th place in 2002.

CBS White House correspondent John Roberts has apologized for using the term "sloppy seconds" in regard to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito during a White House morning press "gaggle." And I apologize for having to use the word "gaggle."

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Minneapolitan Paul Schmelzer has been published at Adbusters, Alternet, The Progressive, and, most importantly, Eyeteeth: A journal of incisive ideas.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Add your lousy caption to Daniel Radosh's New Yorker Cartoon Anti-Caption Contest.

What works for Burger King might work for Captain Morgan.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"He's sort of dithering. He's playing Hamlet."

-- Carleton College political scientist Steven Schier, in the Pioneer Press, on the melancholy governor's stadium woes


"You can't say, 'Please don't be mean to me. Please let me win sometimes.' Give me a break here. If you don't want to fight for the future and you can't figure out how to beat these people then find something else to do."

-- Former President Bill Clinton, at the 10th annual Texas Book Festival, telling Democrats to grow a little spine



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