Thursday, April 28, 2005

Glad you're still with us

By now you've heard the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, heretofor considered extinct, never left us. Being an enthusiastic birder and environmentalist, I'm psyched. The best story associated with this fantastic news is that of expert birder Mary Scott, who saw an Ivory-billed in 2003, but kept it to herself for fear of mass intrusions into the bird's habitat. Now she tells her tale.

This is going to be one of the biggest environmental and science stories of the year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Not a Joke

Drudge reports today that Air America's Randi Rhodes show is being investigated by the Secret Service for airing a sarcastic piece about Social Security in which a character seems to shoot at the President.

I'm all for comedy, but this is ridiculous. All told, I think Air America's done very well and provides a worthwhile service and quality entertainment; I often listen to Franken during the day.

But this goes too far for two reasons: 1) because it's distasteful to all but the most radical and possibly illegal; and 2) because this kind of pushing the envelope invites negative publicity fueled by those who would use the incident to debase the whole network. Air America thereby shoots itself in the foot, then hands the gun to the Right, who shoots it in the stomach. (Pardon the gun analogy, but I'm stuck with it after reading Drudge's piece.) I'm bracing for the commentary that will follow in the next few days.

(And all this for a social security skit?)

Rhodes and Air America need to remain civil despite their contempt for the President and his policies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Pithy Banter

I'm not sure if AJM's and my debates are pithy, but they're all banter. I've been active there today.

Also, check AJM's post on the UN's Sudan report.

Also, check out Senator Harry Reid's statement from the Senate floor, posted at the new site, Judging the Future.

More later.