11/17 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Where are all the baby pigeons? In "The Flintstones," what was Barney Rubble's job? 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.

Read about the upcoming Global Orgasm at Culture To Go.

The managing editor to whom President Nixon declared "I am not a crook" is remembered at Corpus Obscura.

Chooglin', Faux Jean, Chris Koza, and the Honeydogs are just a few of the acts playing around town tonight. Check out Chuck Terhark's City Planner at Culture To Go for a complete rundown.

What's next in the party shuffle on your iTunes? Add your Friday Random Ten at American Idle.

THESE DAYS

Prominent scientists, among them a Nobel laureate, say a layer of pollution deliberately spewed into the atmosphere could act as a "shade" from the sun's rays and help cool the planet.

According to the Cook Political Report, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) is considered one of the three most vulnerable incumbents in the 2008 elections.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Ryan Opaz takes photos filled with brilliant colors and striking contrasts, featuring scenes from the Twin Cities, foreign locales, food, cats, and much more at Obiscoito.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Lil' Nuke lends his hip hop cred to Libertarian candidate for Louisiana governor T. Lee Horne III's music video

If you have no shame or dignity, and your ability to run an offense is highly suspect, you can emulate Vikings coach Brad Childress, thanks to Childress Mustache [via Jason's Talking About...]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law as we can, I would like to make it illegal. What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter."

— Belmont City (CA) Councilman Dave Warden, regarding the recent unanimous council vote to pursue a strict law that will prohibit smoking anywhere in the city except for single-family detached residences


"It's not a 'Brokeback Mountain' situation."

— Majority Leader-elect Harry Reid (D-NV), on the cordial (but platonic) relationship he shares with Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)



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