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THESE DAYS

Blairgowrie resident Gregor Spalding has been shown leniency in Perth Sheriff Court after explaining he was growing cannabis to use the drug to tackle a genital itch.

Authorities charged the director of a Christian boot camp and an employee with dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Liberal firebrand Mark Gisleson rattles the political cages on the left and the right at Norwegianity.

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TIME WASTERS

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A poster of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone using the entire script from The Godfather

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"One month from The Anniversary, I'm thinking another 9/11 would help America."

— Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky, recalling the unified America following the September 11 attacks


"The man's legacy is a conservative movement largely discredited and disunited, a president with lower consistent approval ratings than any in modern history, a generational shift to the Democrats, a resurgent al Qaeda, an endless catastrophe in Iraq, a long hard struggle in Afghanistan, a fiscal legacy that means bankrupting America within a decade, and the poisoning of American religion with politics and vice-versa."

— conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan on outgoing White House chief political strategist Karl Rove


"It's too bad the 9/11 terrorists did not patronize Northwest Airlines; they undoubtedly would have been stranded in Logan airport until they all collectively renounced Islam."

— Chuck Klosterman, in a recent Esquire column, attempting to fly from New York to Tulsa in time to see a time capsule containing a Plymouth Belvedere opened during Tulsarama. He was late.

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