9/19 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

Halliburton will help its wounded combat-zone employees get the honors and recognition they deserve—if they promise not to sue the company, according to documents released by Senate Democrats.

Organizers of a campaign trying to clear Vienna's streets of dog poop are urging residents to record how many droppings they see in the space of five minutes and report the figure as part of an impromptu census.

A 32-year-old woman collapsed and later died after participating in a contest at a fair in London, Ontario, in which participants stuffed 100 marshmallows into their mouths and then attempted to say the words "Chubby Bunny." [via Attu]

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

A design blog and a living technology blog live side by side in harmony at Design/Sketches.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Muppet Show lab assistant Beaker singing "Feelings"

Arrested Development's Will Arnett joins Dax Shepard and Chi McBride behind bars in Bob Odenkirk's Let's Go to Prison.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"How exactly does one convince the teeming masses that Republicans deserve to stay in power despite botching a war, doubling the national debt, keeping company with Jack Abramoff, fumbling the response to Hurricane Katrina, expanding the government at record rates, raising cronyism to an art form, playing poker with Duke Cunningham, isolating America and repeatedly electing Tom DeLay as their House majority leader?"

-- political pundit and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough, in Sunday's Washington Post

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