12/15: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Diablo Cody goes searching for her very own Tinkerbell at the Pussy Ranch.

Steve Monaco discusses the original Crank Yanker, Jonathan Winters, at Couch Pundit.

Jack Sparks sings the praises of Big Ditch Road at the Other Side of Country.

THESE DAYS

A McGill University study suggests a new anti-depressant drug, URB597, works by raising levels of endocannabinoids -- similar to a substance found in marijuana. Side effects may include the munchies.

AMERICAblog reports that Ford Motor Company, which pulled advertising from GLBT publications to avoid a boycott from the anti-gay American Family Association, has reversed its decision.

Sen. George Allen, R-Va., after coming under fire from some social conservatives for a 2004 vote, plans to reverse course next time and oppose making hate crimes against gay people a federal offense.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Bill Roehl and Kim Roehl of Apple Valley discuss books, their recent wedding, and the culinary delights of the south metro at Lazy Lightning.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Regret the Error's Crunks '05: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections

Join the William Shatner DVD Club and you could be getting crappy sci-fi movies sent directly to your home.

Apple has the first full-length trailer for The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, and Sir Ian McKellen.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq."

-- Pres. George W. Bush, Wednesday, December 14, 2005, during a foreign policy forum


"Now, this is a conservative city, Richmond. I mean, this is not Madison, Wisconsin, where you expect those people to be communing with Satan up there in the Madison, Wisconsin, media."

-- Political pundit Bill O'Reilly, hatin' on Madtown while amonishing a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial writer who mocked O'Reilly's War on Christmas


"The movie opens in Wyoming in 1963 where two young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, are hired to tend some sheep near Brokeback Mountain. The two men become fast friends. One night, however, their friendship becomes an evening of lust and passion, a scene that plays like a nightmarish homosexual rape set in San Quentin Prison."

-- Dr. Ted Baehr of the Christian Film and Television Commission's MovieGuide, reviewing Brokeback Mountain

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