7/21 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

A federal Department of Homeland Security agent passed along information about student protests against military recruiters at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, landing the demonstrations in a database tracking foreign terrorism.

A mass of jellyfish forced a Japanese nuclear power plant to slow part of its output this week after the slimy creatures blocked up the plant's seawater cooling system.

An online game that poked fun at the FBI's hunt for Jimmy Hoffa's remains was shut down after Florida-based Spirit Airlines received dozens of complaints from customers who felt the flight promotion was distasteful.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Mike Schneider is currently in Las Vegas participating in a World Series of Poker tournament. Monitor his progress at Card Shark.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Gummi Bears depicting the 7 Deadly Sins [via Boing Boing]

Using dialogue from other James Earl Jones movies, the folks at AkJak bring us the Vader Sessions.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historical ties with the African-American community. For too long, my party wrote off the African-American vote, and many African-Americans wrote off the Republican Party."

-- President Bush, in the first address of his presidency to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention


"I was a Republican -- until they lost their minds."

-- NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley



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