Friday Free for All: October 22

Time for some Friday morning links:

  • In the wake of Juan Williams’s firing from NPR, many are again calling for an end to public funding for the news organization. Bill O’Reilly announced that Jim DeMint will introduce legislation to do just that later today, calling NPR a “totalitarian outfit functioning as an arm of the far left.”
  • Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the Body Worlds exhibits, will now be selling preserved bodies and body parts online. But don’t worry, it’s still all in good taste!
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  • Over at Slate, Timothy Noah is skeptical about the Stewart/Colbert rally next weekend. Their brand of political satire may work well for a comedy show, he says, but “as a sentiment shouted through a bullhorn to thousands stretched between the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument, it will translate into, well, judging other people for what they don’t know.”
  • Everybody knows this painting of the Madonna and Child. (Heck, you probably have a copy of it somewhere in your house right now.) But did you know the interesting story behind it? Read it all here.
  • Michael Cieply at the New York Times laments a dearth of quotable movies from the recent past. Essentially, “Release the Kraken” is no “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Is he right, or do some movies just have a 70-year head start?
  • Yesterday’s news becomes today’s remixes. Below, NY gubernatorial candidate Jimmy “The Rent Is Too DAMN High” McMillan gets the Up treatment.
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  • Margaret Cabaniss

    Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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