Saturday, July 02, 2005

I basically agree with Atrios here.

There's going to be a large political opportunity for Dems if/when Roe is overturned. I'd love to think all these swell petitions circulating on the left will somehow result in a moderate SCOTUS nomination by Bush, but, regarding the chances of that, let's just say "Slim" left town.

And for the record:

Rehnquist -- nominated by Nixon
Stevens -- nominated by Ford
O'Connor -- nominated by Reagan
Scalia -- nominated by Reagan
Kennedy -- nominated by Reagan
Souter -- nominated by Bush
Thomas -- nominated by Bush
Ginsburg -- nominated by Clinton
Breyer -- nominated by Clinton

According to Orrin Hatch's autobiography, he recommended Ginsburg and Breyer to Clinton. (Also via Atrios.)
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Spacing "issues" should be fixed 

but let me know if, for some reason, it still looks whack-ass.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Howard Dean (pan way down) 

He'll be on Hardball tonight, and will be at Twiropa tomorrow evening.

Details here.
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Phil Carter of Intel Dump will be deployed to Iraq 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005


To Greg Peters, for winning the New Orleans Press Club's first prize in cartooning.

To Warrick Dunn, for being the Sporting News' "#1 Good Guy" in Professional Sports.

Oh and bricks to Blawgrr, upon whom my recent, gaping "post trouble" can be blamed. Currently, YRHT is better viewed in Internet Explorer (unfortunately) rather than Mozilla Firefox. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Prior to the Deluge 

Chris C. Mooney refers us to this page summarizing Sen. Landrieu's "Save New Orleans" effort at a recent Environmental Science Seminar Series hosted by the American Meteorological Society.

Of course, political/science-writer Mooney has previously addressed Louisiana's eroding coast as well as its exposure to devastation by hurricanes. (However, he's yet to confront the horrifying "balls of stinging ants" issue, as far as I know.) Mooney also has a book coming out soon called The Republican War on Science which I will be sure to read. Truly, the guy's on fire.

But let's recap: the most important issue facing our state is coastal wetland erosion. It's a public problem needing a public solution. That is-- it will require a liberal solution. That's right, I uttered the dreaded "L" word.


Say it again, loud and proud people: a LIBERAL solution involving federal funds will save this unique place called Southern Louisiana. Not a conservative one.

I guess I could also put it in simple terms: Liberals saw the savagery of our wetlands loss and prepared to fight it with money and science. Conservatives saw the savagery of our wetlands loss and coddled the most anti-Louisiana president in recent memory, and then demonstrated how well they can mobilize when the gay "ass-sex " agenda threatens their soon-to-be-underwater homes.

But that would be inaccurate.
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Monday, June 27, 2005

Cat got your tongue? No, quite the contrary... 

Over the years, I've wondered about Hemingway's frozen leopard atop Mt. Kiliminjaro. In case you forgot, here's a refresher from the preface of "The Snows..." which describes the scene:

Kiliminjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai "Ngaje Ngai," the House of God. Close to the western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.

Global warming has no doubt freed the famous leopard from his carbon icy encasement. But just imagine: what if he miraculously survived? What if he just thawed out, climbed down and went looking for a most long-awaited supper?

Can you imagine? Sure, he might be a bit ragged around the edges-- perhaps blind or brain-damaged-- but, boy, wouldn't he be a hungry cat! Desperately ravenous, I would think.

So keep that fantastical possibility in mind when you read this excerpt from a story about an Ethiopian fellow named Ndugu Daniel M'Mburugu, who recently encountered a wandering, hungry leopard. Was it the frozen leopard from Kiliminjaro? Did he finally meet his fate in Nairobi? Well, we may never know for sure:

Peasant farmer Daniel M'Mburugu was tending to his potato and bean crops in a rural area near Mount Kenya when the leopard charged out of the long grass and leapt on him.

M'Mburugu had a machete in one hand but dropped that to thrust his fist down the leopard's mouth. He gradually managed to pull out the animal's tongue, leaving it in its death-throes.

'It let out a blood-curdling snarl that made the birds stop chirping,' he told the daily Standard newspaper of how the leopard came at him and knocked him over.

The leopard sank its teeth into the farmer's wrist and mauled him with its claws. 'A voice, which must have come from God, whispered to me to drop the panga (machete) and thrust my hand in its wide open mouth. I obeyed,' M'Mburugu said.

Big thanks to Shannon.
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"This sh-t is bananas" 

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