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Morning Whip, Feb. 3, 2010

A (mostly) daily review of what's out there that caught my attention.

I surf the Web, so you don't have to!

Section One: The Word:
An occasional comment, rant, or snark, brought on by the flow of events:
From the Cato Institute
We are so screwed. And it's not defense spending that is screwing us. We're doing it to ourselves. Section Two: Things That Amuse Me:
2.1: Simians and other aminals*:
UF researchers: Ancient crocodile relative likely food source for Titanoboa
*Yes, I know it's "animals," it's just that I always found the childhood mispronunciation really, really cute . . .

2.2: Travel:
Update: Like Luggage Locks? Leave Them Home, Says One Cruise Line -- Another reason not to cruise on Carnival . . .
Allegiant Air CEO: A la carte fees have been a 'revelation' for U.S. airline industry
One-way award tickets now an option for United frequent fliers
The Politics of Packing

2.3: Sports:
Lawson signs 3-year deal with Sun
Clemente’s 23 leads No. 10 K-State past Huskers
Circling the Summit

2.4: Science Fiction and Writing:
We're living through our own private dystopia--our own 1984 right now . . .

2.5: Miscellany:
No 'weekend effect' seen in trauma cases -- So go ahead and break something on the weekend . . . you're covered . . . oops, well, you're covered if, um, you're covered . . .
If you're 70 and overweight, you may live longer
Abstinence-only program helps kids postpone sex -- You mean . . . telling kids not to do something . . . works? Wow . . . quick, tell Johnny and Jennie not to play in traffic!

2.6: Science, technology, and space:
NASA picks 5 firms for commercial spaceflight plan
The Lancet Finally Withdraws Infamous Autism/Vaccine Paper

Section Three: The News, featuring Liberty And Its Enemies:
3.1: Strategy and tactics for defending human freedom and liberty:
Trouble for Democrats in Arkansas
Blanche Lincoln Getting Walloped In Two Polls By Just About Anyone With An R After Their Name
Is Obama Failing? (Part 1) -- It depends on what his actual goal is . . . if it's to make America a better, stronger country, then yes. If it's to tear America down and "spread the wealth" then yeah, he's right on plan . . .
The Convention Will Be Televised Professor Reynolds and his lovely wife head to the Tea Party convention, cameras in hand . . .
Reality Check on Taxes
Australian censorship law collapses under public disapprobation
Video: Why Big Business Is Good
Contract from America: 'tea party' crafts its election manifesto
Why I'm Speaking at the Tea Party Convention -- The 'Cuda . . .
Can U.S. Senators Be Recalled? -- Apparently not, sadly. They can be hounded -- er -- "petitioned," however.
NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ Profiles Andrew Breitbart
Challenge and Respect
Corporate Personhood and the Constitution
Obama Is the Queen of America
Can Republicans retake the Senate?
Illinois Shows Limitations of Tea Party Movement

3.2: The reality of Obama and the Democrat leadership as blithering idiots:
Tapper to Gibbs: Isn’t It About Time For the President to Man Up? (Video) - Jake Tapper appears to be that most rare of reporters -- One who believes his job is to report, not to "make the world a better place."
Obama's Budget Makes the "terrible mistake" of "borrow[ing] against our children's future to pay our way today"...According to Obama
If They Can't Even Put a Man on the Moon... -- Quality snark there, Mr. Stossel . . .
Obama's "Jobs" Plan -- Why, government jobs, of course . . .
The latest on Obama’s illegal alien auntie
Limbaugh: I Thank God Every Day That Obama’s Agenda Is Going Down the Tubes
Obama About to Raise Taxes on 95% of All Americans -- Stop Spending Money You Idiots!
The Profligate President
A Trumped-Up Appeal to Authority -- So, if you can find anybody to accept your apology, you're good. Right?
'We Are Eliminating the Influence of Lobbyists,' Including the Ones Who Snuck in the Provisions I Supported
80 To 90 Democratic House Seats In Play?
Joe Biden: Really, Really Likes Some Movie He Doesn't Quite Know The Name Of -- In the museum of idiots which is Democratic Party Leaders, Joe Biden deserves his own wing . . .
Rahm Emanuel compares Democrats to retarded people, then apologizes to retarded people... -- Heh. Indeed.
LAS VEGAS MAYOR GOES OFF: “When Obama Comes I’ll Give Him the Boot Back to Washington” (Video)
Presidential Promises and Pretenses: Obama's contribution to the "deficit of trust"
Summed up in one word -- Hmm, I happen to be headed north tomorrow . . . I might have to check this out . . .
How Many Fights Will Obama Pick With America?
Dem Leader Rejects Congressional Pay Freeze Until Budget Is Balanced
John Edwards has an illegitimate daughter named Frances with a woman named Rielle who he hired to follow him on the campaign trail, and then he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in an insane attempt to cover it up -- And Democrats and Big Media didn't care . . .
Las Vegas mayor: Obama is “a real slow learner”; Update: Reid questioning Obama’s patriotism?
Nuts. Obama Lashes Out at GOP Super-Minority for “Obstructionism?”

3.3: The reality of the Republican leadership as blithering idiots:
Compared to the Democrats? Not today . . .

3.4: Opposition Research: The enemies of human freedom and liberty:
It takes guts to demand "body blows" -- Wherein New York Times columnist Frank Rich outs himself as a totalitarian of the Stalinist/fascist variety . . .
Uncommon Knowledge: Dr. Thomas Sowell on Intellectuls and Society
Geithner and Bernanke: Laundering Money Through an Illegal Trust? -- Would you be surprised if it's true? Really?
Ivy League Critical Mass -- Lincoln had his "Team of Rivals," Obama has his "Team of Over-Educated Idiots."
Announcing The Largest Federal Workforce. Ever.
Is Obama Ready to Be President?: Leading a coalition against untimely tax hikes could revive his presidency. -- Uh, what?
The President’s Permanent Political Slush Fund
"It can't happen here"
Obama has yet to fill empty seats at civil liberties watchdog committee -- Because he and the Democrats don't give a rat's ass about civil liberties. Too bad all you Obama fans didn't figure that out before November, 2008. We're stuck with him, now.
Refusal to Price Fix = Price Fixing -- Nobody's read 1984 any more? War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, that sort of thing?

3.5: Media bias--and incompetence:
Olberman's Ratings Dropped 44% In One Year -- If you are watching this buffoon (for anything other than sheer amusement value) then--My God, WHY???
Change of Climate
White House Gets Reuters To Pull Budget Story
Fox News Channel Dominates -- Well, somebody has figured out where the American people are . . .
Defending Obama's Budget
Pulling Economics

3.6: Fear The 'Cuda--A spotlight on Citizen Palin, who really needs to find a better phrase than "Common-sense conservatism" to describe her philosophy:
Conservatives 4 Palin --Semi-permanent link for Palinmania . . . Fox News to Broadcast Palin's Tea Party Convention Speech Live

3.7: "Global warming" aka "Climate change" -- or should that be "Climate Reform?":
The single server theory
Still better than the Met Office
Forests in the Eastern United States are growing faster than they have in the past 225 years
Climategate Update 1: The China Syndrome*
Solar Cycle 24 Update
Cap-and-Trade Dead? -- With the current merry group of plunderers in power right now, I wouldn't bet on it . . .
BBC asks WUWT for help -- When no other options are available, Big Media tentatively reaches out for the truth . . .

3.8: Health care "reform" aka health insurance "reform" -- or should that be health care "change?" Perhaps "Global healthing?:
Lessons from the Recent Past: Rumors of Obamacare’s Death are Premature
The States Fight Back: Virginia Rejects Obamacare’s Individual Mandates

3.9: The Economy:
DST shares tumble on earnings, layoffs and rival buyout
"Saved, Created, or Discouraged:" Nearly a Million Americans Now Not Counted in Unemployment Figures Simply Because They've Been So Discouraged They've Stopped Looking
Social Security Bailouts Begin in 2010 -- We Are So Screwed . . .
Inspector General: TARP Has Created a Looming Disaster -- Is it time for a separate "We Are So Screwed" section here?
Foreign Policy Is A Real Area Of Strength For Obama Administration -- Yes, the title is sarcasm . . .
Read and weep: The new tax proposals
Comcast 4Q profit up on revenue boost, tax gain
A $2 trillion tax hike -- This kind of thing makes it really hard to argue against the Glenn Becks of the world who say that Obama is deliberately destroying the American economy . . .
Why Is This Legal?

3.10: Foreign affairs and National Security:
The Panama Canal Gets a New Lane
“It’s a trap” -- What would we do without Admiral Akbar's line in Star Wars?
Obama's Strike Three: The Iranian Bomb
Three pillars of Obamaism
This is What Terrorist Prisoners Did to Me -- And Why They Should Be Kept at Gitmo

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