8/15 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

The United States Mint is inviting artists nationwide to apply for its Artistic Infusion Program to help design American coins and medals.

Political pundit Tucker Carlson, talk-show host Jerry Springer, and three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith will be among the celebrities competing on the third season of "Dancing With the Stars."

While the British terror suspects were hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

An anonymous Maryland-born bartender muses on Ann Coulter, the power of cheese, and SUV-driving punkers at Contemporary Inanity.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's blog (choose language in upper right) [via Boing Boing]

ESPN's Top 10 unsportsmanlike plays

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"This fellow here over here with the yellow shirt, Macaca, or whatever his name is. He's with my opponent. He's following us around everywhere. And it's just great... Lets give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."

-- Sen. George Allen (R-VA), referring to University of Virginia student S.R. Sidarth, a 20-year-old of Indian descent, who has been trailing Allen with a video camera to document his travels and speeches for Democrat James Webb's Senate campaign [video here]


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