8/25 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

How was ice made and sold in pre-industrial times? What does "Alice in Wonderland" have to do with psychological testing? You've got the questions, and Cecil Adams is the man with the answers, as we welcome The Straight Dope to City Pages every Friday.

THESE DAYS

A coalition of 13 conservative groups—including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America—took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today urging the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate whether some of the porno movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws.

The New Delhi-based Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology said it would blockade the supply of Coca-Cola and Pepsi products into the country after another environmental group said it had found dangerous levels of pesticides in their drinks.

Evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education, Katherine McLane, calls the omission inadvertent.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Moses is blogging and looking for a job in the education field at Yowling from the Fencepost.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Rush Limbaugh handicaps the race-based tribes of Survivor

An interactive map of Springfield

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Always the mom, I thought, we need napkins. I asked the President if he had a napkin and he said no. So, I had to quickly grab napkins. I cannot imagine dripping custard in the Presidential limousine."

-- 6th District congressional candidate Michele Bachmann, recalling the recent visit to a Wayzata custard shop with President Bush, while on their way to a Bachmann fundraiser


"I had the opportunity this afternoon to be part of a relatively small group who heard President Bush talk, extemporaneously, for around forty minutes. It was an absolutely riveting experience. It was the best I've ever seen him. Not only that; it may have been the best I've ever seen any politician."

-- Power Line blogger John Hinderaker, dripping custard



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