Great piece by JJ Sutherland on Weekend Edition. The page has a link to a clip for "Long Haired Hare" as well -- not the best of the Bugs oeuvre, but not bad: Bugs at the Hollywood Bowl in a feud with an opera singer.
Created the files for Devlin's Razor and Terminal Freedom. Dave Aitel's out of town, so it won't be up on Immunity for a few days yet, but it's coming. (I may change the copyright notice anyway before he gets back, and reupload all those files.)
Been an interesting political season. It looks like Obama may be on the verge of running away with the Democratic nomination -- I think this is a sign of real optimism on the part of Democratic primary voters. If primary voters were more concerned about the general election, they'd elect a more apparently moderate nominee, presumably Clinton. Instead they're going with an unabashed liberal for the first time since Mondale. (Dukakis was a liberal, but he was embarrassed by it; there's no sign Obama is.) I think the calculation with Obama is that he can beat whoever the Republicans throw at him, so no need to fall back to the safer, general-election candidate -- which is what they did with Kerry, four years ago.
It's been a long time since a liberal with convictions was on the national political stage. It'll be very interesting to see how Obama does, and in advance, here's hoping he doesn't get on any small planes any time soon.
I used to vote Republican occasionally, though I haven't done it in the last decade. The modern Southern-based, evangelical Republican party does nothing for me, and the small government, avoid-foreign-entanglements, protect-the-Constitution crowd has ceased to hold any sway in that party, except for genetic sports like Ron Paul. There's no Democrat in the top 4 (Richardson, Clinton, Obama, Edwards) I wouldn't vote for over any Republican, including Ron Paul, who I personally admire.
I think Republicans are going to have a hard time going forward. (Which might draw me back to them, if some of their positions change; historically I'm prone to voting for losers....) The country is growing darker and as whites decline to a sub-50% portion of the population, the Republican Party's either going to grow increasingly irrelevant, or it's going to shed the hardest-core nativist wing of its party, find some way to do business with Latinos, and build a new coalition. Because the old coalition's dying....