Friday, June 06, 2008

Weekend Odds and Ends

I see my readership went down a bit. Disgruntled Hillary supporters? Anyway, here's news...

This week was the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

Reason #363,748 why we will never take climate change seriously: "Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a global warming bill that would have required major reductions in greenhouse gases, pushing debate over the world's biggest environmental concern to next year for a new Congress and president... The Senate debate focused on bitter disagreement over the expected economic costs of putting a price on carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas that comes from burning fossil fuels. Opponents said it would lead to higher energy costs."

This as oil costs rise to new highs. And SUVs appear in their last throes.

Meanwhile, in California (that state that Bush's EPA refuses to let tackle carbon emissions on their own): "Its reservoir levels receding and its grounds parched, California has fallen officially into drought, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday, warning that the state might be forced to ration water to cities and regions if conservation efforts did not improve." Good times.

But here's some good news from California: "California's Supreme Court gave the final green light on Wednesday for gay marriages to begin later this month, turning down requests for a delay."

The GOP quest to bully Democrats into legitimizing warrantless wiretapping's far from over.

Great economic news!! "The foreclosure hammer is hitting ever harder. People lost their homes at the highest rate on record in the first three months of the year, and late payments soared to a new high, too — an alarming sign that the housing crisis and its damage to the national economy may only get worse."

This while the jobless numbers rise significantly.

Finally, the Guantanamo trials begin and they are not short so far on drama.

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