Yes, I'm still alive and kicking, albeit with a snootful of allergies due to a warm Kentucky spring. I've also been absorbed with a semi-new (I got it with Christmas gift cards but didn't crack it open until a few weeks ago) Tiger Woods '08 golf game, which has a career mode where you work your way from fleecing your bosses for $200 Nassaus to the amateur circuit to second-tier tour to PGA.
Anyways, lots of interesting things in the news.
Swine Flu-Mexico is all but going to ground, closing schools, tourist sites and restricting restaurants to take-out only to keep stuff from spreading. We have a number of cases in the US, but no deaths as of yet. The deaths seem to be from young adults, not the very young or the elderly, which reminds folks of some other nasty viruses.
What happens after pigs fly? Swine flew.
From RINO to DINO-Arlen Specter crossed the aisle, giving the Democrats 59 votes if you count two left-of-center independents. If and when Al Franken finally snags the MN Senate seat, that will bring that coalation to a cloture-inducing 60 votes.
However, that only changes things on party-line votes; Specter had been voting with the Democrats on a number of key issues, and merely becomes a moderate Democrat like, say, Ben Nelson. He's still in play on non-party-line issues, so there hasn't been a major shift in power.
What this does is buy Specter another term if he can win a Democratic primary in 2010. A GOP primary rematch with Pat Toomey may well have gone to Toomey, given that it was a very close call in 2004 and conservatives are even more ticked at Specter than they were in 2004. If the Democrats can count to 10 and not pull a Lieberman on Specter, Specter should win in a walk-over in a general election over Toomey, 60-40, or maybe 55-40 with a 5% hard-left protest vote.
Draft-Matthew Stafford wound up going #1 to the Lions. He seems to be a solid pick, maybe not worth the first pick overall, but since Detroit needs a QB and he's the best guy on the board, you pick him #1. They also got a big TE, Brandon Pettigrew, for him to throw to.
Some interesting meanderings
- Mark Sanchez gets to become the next Joe Namath with the Jets.
- Beanie Wells goes to Arizona, where he'll take over for Edderin James
- Here's a second rounder that got me excited; WV QB Pat White, being marketed as a WR, goes to Miami. One word-WILDCAT! The Fins have been running a variant of the WV spread offense with Ronnie Brown playing single-wing tailback. White would be perfect in that role. If the Dolphins are smart, they might do something akin to 2006 Florida, where they let White play Tebow to Pennington's Chris Leak.