12/23: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Steve Monaco will be bringing us all a gift on Christmas Eve. Find out what it will be at Couch Pundit.

Jack Sparks has the year in alt-country at the Other Side of Country.

THESE DAYS

Venezuela has given the world's biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, until the end of this year to enter a joint venture with the state. Failure to do so will almost certainly result in Exxon losing its oil field concessions in the country.

Mattel, the maker of the American Girl dolls, has decided it will not renew its partnership with Girls Inc., due to the threat of boycotts from groups who oppose Girls Inc.'s stands on abortion and homosexuality.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Chip D. and Big Man Luke are right-wing bloggers discussing the Vikings, Pawlenty's "health impact fees," and the smoking ban at Lake Minnetonka Liberty.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Reuters Pictures of the Year 2005

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley are buckling their swashes again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It seems to me that if you're the president, you have to proceed with great caution when you do anything that flies in the face of the Constitution."

-- Former senator Warren Rudman (R-NH), in yesterday's Wall Street Journal


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