Rough day in the John Deeth Blog Newsroom yesterday. Got home Tuesday night and was greeted by a Blue Screen Of Death on the laptop. Perhaps all the excitement from being photographed with John Edwards fried it; in any case it's in the shop. Luckily my FOUR emergency backup Linux boxes (geek geek geek) are up and running and my stuff is backed up. Aside: Just upgraded to the latest distribution of Ubuntu Linux on a couple of these machines and is was smooth and easy.
Been getting a huge amount of traffic from the right side of the blogosphere thanks to some link love from Krusty who gets PART of the point on my "Getting On Board vs. Not Good Enough" post. Friendly note to all my new GOP readers: Democrats want to help people vote, Republicans want to keep people from voting.
On to the headlines.
Longshot of the day:
Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, who announced in April that he wants the Democratic presidential nomination, is canvassing Iowa this week, explaining his plans to anyone willing to listen.
Which may not be too many. This guy's last appearance on a ballot when when he lost his primary 26 years ago...
Speaking of losing primaries, this news: is an absolute outrage:
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee 'fully supports' Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) in his primary bid against Ned Lamont (D), 'and he refused to rule out continuing that support if Lieberman were to run as an independent.'
At least Joementum is finally admitting he's not a Democrat. If the DSCC backs him against a Democratic nominee (Lamont is only six points back and closing fast) thesre needs to be serious action of the dry up the funds type. In the meantime, talk to Harkin, that may help.
The Overrated One writes about the eminent domain veto, and Ed Fallon blasts an email on the subject. This thing is going to be overridden and that's more bad news for Tom Vilsack, last seen quacking and limping in New Hampshire.
And I can't find the link at the moment but the push for regressive sales taxes in Johnson County is moving forward with the Iowa City School Board looking to vote next week and the cities trying to buy in. Watch this one closely.