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Morning Whip, Jan. 7, 2010

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A mega-whip this morning--playing catchup after doing a bit of traveling over the past week. I'm sure you'll agree that this is really, really way, way, too many articles. I really need to cut back. Or the world needs to slow down. Neither is, sadly, likely to happen.

2009, 2010, the 2000's, and the 2010's:
The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2009 -- "30) 'If I'm corrupt, it's because I take care of my district.' -- John Murtha"
In America's next decade, change and challenges
American Thinker's First Six Years
SFFWorld's SF Review of 2009
Have hope for changing minds.
The biggest stories of the year?

Travel:
Full-body scanners to be put in British airports -- with an update below . . .
US Institutes Profiling At Overseas Airports
Carl's Cruse Capers and Travel Tips -- more new posts . . .
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=13517.blog
Privacy concerns likely to impede body scanners in Britain
Best Cruises for Fitness
"Explosive" at California airport found to be honey
Luxury Cruise Pricing Goes (Almost) All-Inclusive
5 Trends that will impact your cruise choices in 2010
The Naked Truth About Airport Scanners

Explaining and defending human freedom and liberty:
Tea Party 2010: Revolution Brewing? Or Is That Some Weak Tea?
The Contradiction of Being Republican
Could Democrats capture Tea Party fever?
For Tea Parties, Bigger Is Not Better
Whole Foods CEO: From Health Care to Climate Change
Defending the future from its enemies -- Bill Whittle (a video, very good!)
The man behind RedState.com shakes up the Republican Party
A Brief 2010 Republican Midterm Platform
Confessions of an American Thinker Moderator
The Surprising Popularity of the Non-Existent Tea Party
KC Fed's Hoenig: Address "too big to fail" == "'In an effective capitalistic system, you have to allow institutions to fail and then have renewal,' Hoenig said today . . .>
Things I’d Like To See: The 28th Amendment -- “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."
Support Scott Brown
Deregulation Now: A New Year's resolution for failing state governments.
Woman Arrested for Throwing Obama Poster in the Garbage -- Dissent Shall Be Suppressed . . .
Reactionary Liberals
Sarah Palin will headline first-ever Tea Party Convention
Independents Overwhelmingly Favor Republican in MA Senate Race
Lonewolf Diaries: Moral Absolutes are for Dumb Conservatives
Mad and Madder
Getting Control of Congress, Permanently -- wow, the People, in control of Congress . . . what a concept!
Heads Explode… Dennis Miller Predicts Possible Palin Presidency
Larry Elder on Governor Palin
Go directly to jail: Women are the worst perpetrators of verbal violence against men -- don't get me wrong . . . laws against speech are tyrannical on their face, but . . .
The ascendancy of the non-private person
Free Banking and Contract Law
Conservatives Finish 2009 as No. 1 Ideological Group

The reality of Obama and the Democrat leadership as blithering idiots:
Stimulus Fraud? Where’s “Sheriff Joe”?
Reckless Spending is Hard
Face the Voters -- "There is a more basic issue now rumbling through not just conservative circles but also in the mainstream media: can these people be trusted to do much of anything?"
Every time someone crazy and vile comes to the White House, this administration claims “it wasn’t THAT crazy person”
Harry Reid 2006: I hate when people try to sneak secret special deals into important Senate bills without debate
Fun Deficit Fact To Start Your Tuesday -- Why make you click through? It's Thursday, already! -- "The Bush Deficit of 2008 is roughly equal to the interest on the Obama Deficit of 2009."
FIREDOGLAKE: Democratic Strategy in 2010: Run Against George W. Bush Again!
Calif. watchdog: Historic reviews slow stimulus
The Spin Factory Goes Haywire
Administration: Hey, On Second Thought? Now That We Really Think About It? Yeah... Maybe We Won't Continue Freeing Terrorists to Yemen
Byron Dorgan (D-ND) Retiring This Year To Spend Time With His Family And Avoid Getting His Ass Kicked But Mostly To Avoid Getting His Ass Kicked
And another one bites the dust: Democrat Ritter drops out of Colorado guv bid
Emperor Obama and the Mob
Banking chief Dodd to leave Senate
Top Democrats head for the exits -- this is what delinquent kids do after they realize that their playing with matches in their parents' closet has lit the clothes on fire . . .
Obama’s ‘Amateur Hour’
Press corps grills Gibbs: Um, didn’t Obama totally shamelessly lie about C-SPAN?
Awesome, awesome rumor: Chris Dodd for Treasury Secretary?
New Dem master plan for North Dakota: Let’s nominate a guy even further left than Byron Dorgan
No wonder everybody says he looks "tired"
Obama Lawyers Fined by Federal Court
The next Democratic senator to retire is…

The reality of the Republican leadership as blithering idiots:
Introducing a new occasional section of The Whip . . .lest we forget why they're called the Stupid Party . . .
Support for Big Government a Bad Bet for the GOP
Steele: I Don't Know if the GOP Is Ready to Lead (But It Doesn't Matter, As We're Not Going to Win Either House of Congress Anyway)
Does Newt Gingrich Speak for Either Republicans or Tea Partiers? -- Gingrich is really good at thinking up ideas. Some of those ideas are even good. Others, though . . .

Spotlighting and deconstructing (and occasionally ridiculing) Liberty's enemies--because even blithering idiots can be dangerous:
(. . . so much to spotlight, deconstruct, and ridicule, so little time . . .)
Who wants to be a Democrat?
NPR Teaches You How to Speak "Tea Bag" -- I look forward with breathless anticipation to the followup on NPR's site which I am sure is shortly forthcoming: How to Speak Fudge-Packer, about how to screw the American Taxpayer by passing trillion-dollar combination boondoggles and naked power grabs . . .
Another Program FAIL?
The Census boondoggle: $340 million ad campaign
George Will on New York's Eminent Domain Abuse
There's a New Law in Town. Actually, Lots of Them. -- yes, "law," once intended to protect freedom, has largely become the enemy of freedom.
On the Street With Zo: Why Vote Democrat?
Obama as Greek Tragedy—Part One
Bush Did It! And, Really, Bush Did It! And Bush Really Did It! -- being the second part of "Obama as Greek Tragedy" . . .
Keynesianism and Socialism
Steve from ‘Blue’s Clues’ Teaches Kids to Hate Sarah Palin
C-SPAN Asks to Televise Health Care Negotiations
The Limits Of Politics
Obama Flunks His First Year
If It Moves, Regulate It
Michael Yon encounters Border Security: Posts on Facebook.
Airline security idiocy of the day: Milblogger Michael Yon handcuffed, Joan Rivers blocked
Unionizing TSA Is A Security Mistake
The Left Goes to War Against Science, Surrenders on Terror
Historians Against the War: Only Progressives Need Apply?
Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Shows Hollywood How to Trash America and Make a Profit Doing So
It’s War, not a Crime Spree -- "the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor." - Sarah Palin
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Military Blogger Michael Yon Detained, Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle Airport
Is This What Market Failure Looks Like?
What the Dems Know: Universal Voter Registration
Our Second Civil War
The TSA has gone insane
Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie, Lie
And The Answer To Obesity In America? More Government Regulation, Of Course
Hidden-camera video: “Red Eye” goes inside the Media Matters offices
The Sheriff Is Coming! The Sheriff Is Coming!
Coexist?
Does the State Protect Us?
Why Are We Closing Guantanamo?
Lie to me
Lincoln’s “Retirement” May Be Involuntary
Has Any Recent Hollywood Movie Offered Positive Portrayal of Conservative Activist?
The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Democrats
The apology deficit and the crisis in self-awareness -- "many of these people who blame others for their own errors or incompetence are, sadly, sincere in their finger-pointing" . . .

The Economy:
If you had invested $10,000 on December 31, 1999...
More on The Coming War Over Public-Sector Pensions
Downturn hits S.D. industry hard -- "South Dakota's industrial employment fell 5.4 percent during the past year, and that contraction cost the state 2,809 industrial jobs and 74 manufacturing companies from October 2008 to October 2009, a new survey reports."
The Lost Decade
China Is Not America’s Banker
About That Dependency On Foreign Oil – Get Used To It -- until Bussard/Polywell fusion comes through--or we throw all the Democrats out on their asses . . . ALL of them . . . and quite a few Republicans, too . . .
The Most Negative Leading Economic Indicator

Foreign affairs:
Iranian government about to collapse?
Beinart: No, we’re not at war with radical jihadist terrorism
A Constitutional National Security Crisis of Obama’s Own Creation
Killing the chicken to frighten the monkey -- you just need to click through to Belmont Club (Richard Fernandez) posts. They're good . . .
Jordanian Doctor Responsible For Suicide Bomb Attack On CIA Base In Afghanistan -- does it occur to anyone that we just burned Jordanian intelligence here? Did we really want to do that?
A War We Can't Afford
Who Is the Enemy?
Chickens Come Home, Roost -- arguably, this belongs in the Democrats as Blithering Idiots section . . .
What constitutes a successful surge?
Al Qaeda’s Successful Attack
France wants to add more countries to "risk list"
That Attack On The CIA In Afghanistan? Looking Worse And Worse
Collateral damage
Air Marshall Surge? -- shouldn't "marshal" only have one "L?"
Meanwhile, in Iran . . .

"Global warming" aka "Climate change" -- or should that be "Climate Reform?":
Updated Climate Presentation -- From Warren Meyer who blogs at Coyote Blog . . .
ClimateGate’s Next Phase: False Claims Act Lawsuit
December UAH global temperature anomaly – down by almost half
The frigid hit parade – over 1200 new cold and snow records set in the last week in the USA, more in progress -- remember though, as you're freezing your ass off this week, it's a Sign of GLOBAL WARMING!
Stat Model Predicts Flat Temperatures Through 2050
Climategate: Michael Mann’s very unhappy New Year
Cold Killing Iguanas -- article title needs to include "is" . . . "cold IS killing iguanas" . . .
Climategate and the Migrating Arctic Tree Line
Winter kills: Excess Deaths in the Winter Months

Health care "reform" aka health insurance "reform" -- or should that be health care "change?" Perhaps "Global healthing?:
Health Care Reform: Because the IRS Isn't Big Enough Yet
Medicare Is Already Rationing Care
Mayo Clinic dropping Medicare patients
Beware a Public Health Plan in Private Disguise
Pelosi says Congress close to health deal -- why are we letting them do this to us?

Media bias--and incompetence:
Really, these people are pathetic
‘You Are a Bad, Bad, Bad Journalist’
Big Journalism -- the Breitbart Empire expands again . . .
“Rush Returns” or “Upsetting the Media”
Proof Fox News Isn't A "Real News Orgainization": Right Wing FNC Hack Wooed By GOP To Run For Senate -- oh, wait, it's not Fox News, it's . . .
Liberal Media Bias Shows Up in the Strangest Places
Big Journalism, local edition

Sports:
SDSU-UMKC game to air on NBC Universal -- (In South Dakota . . .)
ORU hands Jacks first home league loss
SDSU suffers tough Summit loss
Circling the Summit
UMKC and Southern Utah await Jackrabbits
KU holds off Ivy League’s Cornell at home

Science, technology, and space:
Ten Things You Need To Stop Tweeting About
Study: Spanked Children May Grow Up to Be Happier, More Successful -- c'mon, it's SCIENCE!
The 5 Best Places To Watch TV On The Internet

Science Fiction and Writing:
Arthur C Clarke and the end of upbeat futurology
Calling All Authors
A Re-Post of Great Importance: How To Write a Novel In 30 Days
Booklife: Seven Points to Consider When Submitting Short Fiction
It's not about the odds.
Back to the Hugos: Lord of Light by Robert Zelazny -- possibly my all-time favorite book . . .
5 Lies Writers Believe About Editors
Book Tour Wrap-Up: Did I Learn Anything? Should I Have Learned Anything?
Beware of Science Fiction
Wednesday Editorial: The Language of Science Fiction

Miscellany:
Levi Johnston: A Hollywood Cautionary Tale
Men Know When They're Aroused, Women May Not
Why Modern Music Sucks
How Disney’s ‘Pocahontas’ Became ‘Avatar’
The Secrets to Staying Married
100 Quotes Every Geek Should Know -- #43: “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” - Albert Einstein
Japanese Whaling Ship Destroys Radical Group’s New Space-Age Powerboat (Video)
Anal-Retentive Anti-Humor People? Yeah, There's an App For That!
Limbaugh: How it felt to have a heart-attack scare
WiFi for passive-aggressives