12/09: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

The latest on the War on Christmas from the field at American Idle.

THESE DAYS

Alan "Ollie" Gelfand, the creator of an aerial skateboarding move known as ollie, is suing several companies, including Disney and Sega, over the use of the word.

A discussion with former ambassador Joseph Wilson and Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez will take place at Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners, 700 Olive Street, St. Paul, on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. $50 per person; $25 for students and seniors. For information and to purchase tickets, call Jan Rein at 651-251-6300.

A black curtain has risen between a Roanoke shopping mall Santa and a Victoria's Secret store to shield children from skimpy undergarments on display in the store's window.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Give writer/photographer Julie a little lift by checking out her blog at Cake for Breakfast.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

The flying alarm clock, the perfect Christmas gift for sleepy friends you hate.

If Bill O'Reilly is on your list: The "Just Say Merry Christmas" bracelet

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I'd say, 'Did I ever tell you you're adopted?'"

-- Pundit Ann Coulter, when asked by a University of Connecticut student what she would do if she had a child who came out as gay


"What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the
largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President,
you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew
very little about the military. ...The governor of Texas doesn't
have the kind of power that some governors have. ...Why do you
think they nominated you? ...Do you think that has anything to do
with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?"

-- Commentator Mike Wallace, when asked recently what he would ask President Bush during an interview


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