11/03 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

What are the long-term effects of marijuana? Was Warren Harding inducted into the KKK while president? 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.

Frank Black, Guster, and English Beat are just a few of the acts playing in town tonight. Check out Chuck Terhark's City Planner at Culture To Go for a complete itinerary.

THESE DAYS

Iran has been trying to expand its tourism industry, offering $20 for every American or European tourist, and $10 for every Asian tourist, that travel agents can bring to their country.

A London-based privacy organization ranked 36 nations, including all European Union nations and other major democracies, and determined that in categories such as enforcement of privacy laws, the U.S. is on par with countries like China, Russia and Malaysia.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Commentary on international political and social issues from a secular and socialist perspective can be found at Renegade Eye.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, NRA President Sandy Forman, and pundits Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter are just a few of the vixens featured in the 2007 Great American Conservative Women Calendar from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

Mike Hatch eats kittens

Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker performing together in a clip from a 1950s television broadcast

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"The most superhuman thing about horses is the contrast between their unearthly strength and inherent gentleness. Humans abuse their power while horses use theirs only for good. I'd rather be a horse."

— Country legend Willie Nelson, in a commentary at CNN.com regarding the the upcoming Senate vote on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

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