12/01 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Did Mussolini use castor oil as an instrument of torture? Can a bullet fired into the air kill someone when it comes down? 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.

Twisted Sister, the Roches, and Whisper in the Noise 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 itinerary.

Pizzaman has an open letter to winter at the Streets of Pizza.

THESE DAYS

The Bush administration has proposed "luxury sanctions" on North Korea, denying Kim Jong Il and government officials such treats as iPods, plasma TVs, and Segways.

A 45-year-old man was hospitalized after four sheriff's deputies rescued him from the jaws of a nearly 12-foot alligator Wednesday, while he was naked and high on crack cocaine.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

John Andreini blogs on inappropriate conduct with dead animals, the words that can't be spoken around the president, as well as lefty political humor at That's Going Too Far!

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

CP sister paper LA Weekly invites you to get creative and Speak Freely

The Michele Bachmann Comic Generator [via MN Speak and Dump Bachmann]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I talk a lot about sex in my music, but you don't ever hear me talk about condoms. I can't speak for other rappers, but I think it's important that I let you know to be safe when you're having sex."

— Rapper Ludacris, promoting AIDS awareness with Northwestern University students on the eve of World AIDS Day

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