The FactCheck Wire, "faster than the speed of spin" according to its subhead and we can only hope, provides a helpful guide refuting misconceptions about swine flu, which has infected some 226 Americans (as of 11 a.m. today). Long story short: you don't get it from eating pork, you can still travel though you ought not go to Mexico (or anywhere if you're already sick), this strain of swine flu may be new but swine flu isn't, we don't know that H1N1 will be unusually dangerous (indeed, some 36,000 folks die every year from seasonal flu outbreaks), Barack Obama doesn't have it, and illegal immigrants almost certainly didn't bring it. If you like, you can also get to the CDC's swine flu FAQ page from there, or, er, from the link in the previous clause. Whichever.
Just in time for David Souter's retirement Media Matters provides us with a brief list of right-wingers who thought judicial filibusters were bad back in 2004 and 2005, when the Republican Senate leadership seriously considered changing Senate rules so judicial nominees couldn't be filibustered. There is, of course, a reason they (and I) bring it up: remember not long ago when Sen. Bunning suggested there'd be another conservative on the Supreme Court because Justice Ginsburg wasn't long for this world? Lost in that controversy was Mr. Bunning's implication that they'd somehow get a conservative Justice in there despite a Democrat doing the picking and only 41 Republicans in the Senate at that time. How do you get a conservative Justice under those conditions? There's only one way, and I bet Messrs. Limbaugh, Lowry, Stein, Hannity, et al, will promptly forget their opposition to judicial filibusters as soon as Mr. Obama makes his pick. Which, given Mr. Obama's vaunted discipline, could be real damn soon.