7/14 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

In its continuing crackdown on on-air profanity, the FCC has requested numerous tapes from broadcasters that might include vulgar remarks from unruly spectators, coaches and athletes at live sporting events.

Scientists in England have turned stem cells from an embryo into sperm which are capable of producing offspring.

Straight to video: Oscar Winner Michael Douglas was recently stung by a jellyfish and ordered his five-year-old son to pee on his back as a remedy.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

City Pages alum Kate Sullivan has a newish music blog at LA Weekly called Rock & Roll Love Letter.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

More dubious Muppetude from the internets: The Swedish Chef courtesy of Robot Chicken

The Daily Show was more than happy to report on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and his description of the internet.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Ken Lay was neither black nor poor, as James Byrd was. But I'm angry because Ken was the victim of a lynching."

-- Rev. William Lawson, pastor emeritus of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church of Houston, during Ken Lay's memorial service [via Salon]


"I also say we need to do a few other things on top of that wall, and one of them being to put a little bit of wire on top here to provide a disincentive for people to climb over the top or put a ladder there. We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time."

-- Rep. Steve King (R-IA), discussing on the House floor a U.S.-Mexico fence that he designed


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