12/22: Morning Communique

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Britt Robson breaks down last night's Timberwolves game at Balls!

THESE DAYS

Federal researchers said U.S. women of child-bearing age who were surveyed in 2002 revealed that 14 percent of their recent births were unwanted at the time of conception. In a similar survey seven years earlier, that figure was just 9 percent.

Instead of feeding children in third-world countries and fixing the leaky roof, a woman used money from First Church of Lansdowne collection plates to buy a shore home and breast implants. [via Fark]

The Republican-controlled Senate, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote, passed legislation to cut federal deficits by imposing the first restraints in nearly a decade in federal benefit programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and student loans.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Cranky Grandma's getting married! Follow her pre-wedding adventures at Attack of the paper clutter.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Dennis Quaid plays an inept president from Texas who, in an effort to boost his poll numbers, becomes a guest judge on an American Idol-like show featuring a Simon Cowell-esque Hugh Grant in American Dreamz.

Festivus - The Movie

Chris Messick's 2005 Punchy Awards - I would add "one-dimensional" when discussing athletic prowess, and "triangulation" in general. Add your "punchies" in the comments section.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Release me from his mental harassment and hammering."

-- Santa Fe resident Colleen Nestler, who alleged in a request filed last Thursday that talk show host David Letterman has forced her to go bankrupt and caused her "mental cruelty" and "sleep deprivation" since May 1994 by using code words to show he wanted to marry her and train her as his "Late Show" co-host

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