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The Springfield Illinois State Journal-Register has clipped some of the most salacious (in this context, that’s a synonym for “fun”) audio files that the government has introduced into evidence in the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

To what end? The paper’s homepage blares:

DOWNLOAD: Blagojevich ringtones - they’re (bleepin’) free!

Alas, “bleepin’” is an apt word. Blago’s choices words have been blocked from our tender ears, perhaps making them more appropriate for public airing—like when someone calls you while standing in the checkout line.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.