Links…

Grist reports on what climate scientists have learned from Western wildfires: warmer temperatures mean earlier snowmelt, which provides a “’tipping point’ for wildfire activity.”

Kevin Drum weighs in on the regulatory-takings initiatives across the country (akin to Montana’s CI 154): “A simple anti-Kelo initiative might have had a chance of passing. But trying to prevent the government from ever enacting legislation that might have an economic effect on property owners? Not so much.”

The Montana Senate race tightens. Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

The WSJ geniuses note that Tester and Burns are fighting for the political center.

The Christian Science Monitor on the Senate race: “A Yen for Change?” Standard fare.

Meanwhile, Paul West of The Baltimore Sun claims that the Abramoff scandal does matter in the Montana Senate race.

Scott has the latest attack flyer on Tester: it’s groovy, dude!

Speaking of groovy, Barak Obama will stump for Tester tomorrow.

Dep’t of irony: Wyoming Republican threatens to slap a disabled Libertarian for questioning her ethics. Rankin urges Cubin to resign.

The Washington Post covers the Idaho 1st District race.

And today Kossak mcjoan is liveblogging with Larry Grant.

German ex-chancellor Schroeder was unnerved by Bush’s constant references to God in their talks: “’Anyone who tries to legitimize political decisions that way (in dialogue with God) simply cannot allow these decisions to be changed through criticism or an exchange of ideas. Because if you do, you then breach the mission from God,’ Schroeder wrote.”

Who’s creating propaganda for the terrorists? CNN or the RNC? You decide!

Olbermann on the GOP’s penchant for using fear as a campaign tool.

Is that why the Bush administration was rooting for a successful nuclear test by North Korea?

Dep’t of sc*mbags: Rush Limbaugh accuses Michael J. Fox of faking his condition for a commercial touting stem cell research and Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Clair McHaskill. Jonathan Cohn actually fact checks and confirms that Limbaugh is full of sh*t. Had enough?

The GOP is using race and sex to attack African-American Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford. Had enough?

Digby has a round-up of 2006 GOP tactics that says it all.

Steve Benen succinctly explains why the “booming economy” isn’t affecting the outlook of Americans: “Wages are awful, bankruptcies are up, debt is skyrocketing, Americans are working more for less, employment insecurity is everywhere, health care costs are hard to keep up with, and unions and bargaining power are in decline.”

Enron executive Jeffrey K. Skilling is sentenced to 24 years in prison! Too harsh? Not on your life…

The GAO opines that abstinence-only education should include accurate information about the effectiveness of condoms. To date, these conservative religious groups tell high school kids that condoms aren’t effective against STDs. Had enough?

Conservatives attack Clint Eastwood for “Flags of Our Fathers.”

Latinos abandon the GOP in droves because of paleo-conservative rhetoric. Oops.

Sour grapes from a New York paper? Or is Kenny Rogers doctoring the ball?

Who knew Paris could be so traumatic?

Maybe the best story ever about diapers that doesn’t involve feces.


  1. Widowmaker

    As a (now former) Rush fan, I was so sickened by his statements about Michael J Fox. I want America to know, his followers, until then, do not support such comments. Also I saw Flags of Our Fathers and think its a movie for all of America to watch. It shows the horror of war, and how creative one has to get to raise money for such efforts. I think it shows how one picture can change people’s view of a situation. They were fighting for a rock. Iraq, CNN also used pictures to change opinion of a war. Confused what side it was firing up though…

  2. Hey, thanks! I appreciate the nod. It’s a small category I’m topping, but I’ll take it.

  3. readbetween

    It’s not too shocking that the Bush administration was wishing for North Korea to get on with the nuke test already. Effectively, they had already accepted that NK was going to be a nuclear power and the test just made the rest of the world accept that. And, on balance, it hasn’t been the worst foreign policy decision of this bunch. It made China step up and take some action to limit the regime (good thing), and it has also made South Korea reconsider its policy of engagement (not so good but clearly what the Bushies want). I think the U.S. has been setting up for this moment for a long time; the point of the six-party talks was mostly to have a group in place for when NK blew something up. That doesn’t mean they’lln handle it well from here on out but they do seem to be doing the right things: getting Japan to say they won’t build nukes, getting China to be more proactive, etc. For a really interesting analysis of the future of NK, and perhaps why we can’t really come out on top in the long run, check out Robert Kaplan’s piece in the Atlantic last month.




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