10/18 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Dresden Dolls and Buddy Guy are just a couple of the acts playing around town tonight. Check out Chuck Terhark's City Planner at Culture To Go for a complete itinerary.

Jack Sparks on Sara Evans's nose, crappy bands doing crappy Phil Collins covers, and shooting with your pants around your ankles at the Other Side of Country.

THESE DAYS

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency warned that as many as 30 countries could soon have technology that would let them produce atomic weapons "in a very short time."

For the second year in a row, an annual smartest-state ranking puts Arizona in the No. 50 spot. Minnesota came in 13th, falling seven spots from the previous year.

Ohio gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell (R), who is also the Ohio secretary of state, could rule that his opponent is ineligible to run because of a technicality.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Today's blogger is a little bit liberal and a little bit conservative, but is also a little bit peeved about intolerant neo-cons and creationists. Read all about it at LoLife.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

"Uncle Fucka," from the South Park movie, dubbed into Japanese

Cat vs. a desktop printer

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else. It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States."

— Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), comparing the Iraq War with The Lord of the Rings, in an interview with the Bucks County Courier Times editorial board late last week [via Salon]

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