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Morning Whip, Feb. 17, 2010

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This might be a big 'un, link-wise. I'm staring at 669 articles on my Google Reader screen right now.
Meanwhile, Give Michael Yon money. You will not be sorry. You will, in fact, be better for it--better informed, at the very least. He is doing the dirty, nasty, tedious, honest, tell-it-like-it-is, day-to-day reporting work in Afghanistan that the major "news" organizations just can't seem to bring themselves to do.
SECTION TWO: Things That Amuse Me:
Simians and other aminals*:
Where Did Insects Come From? New Study Establishes Relationships Among All Arthropods
Protein Study Shows Evolutionary Link Between Plants, Humans -- Humans are simians, after all . . . yeah, it's a reach . . .
Dog 'hitches ride' 1,200 miles from New Mexico to reunite with owner in New Orleans
*Yes, I know it's "animals," it's just that I always found the childhood mispronunciation really, really cute . . .

First Responders Credit Slower Speeds, 'Crush Zones' For Fatality-Free Pile-Up -- Just west of Kansas City . . .
Five-Vehicle Crash Kills One: Interstate 29 south of Missouri Valley We were southbound on I-29 and were in the 45-minute backup of this accident. It looked nasty--and nasty really understates it quite a bit. It was . . . horrifiying.
Southwest takes on US Airways monopoly route with Philly-Boston service
Cruise West Announces 335-day World Cruise

First-half run lifts Jacks past USD -- Jackrabbits 67, Coyotes 48, in women's basketball in front of a crowd of 5,246 in Frost Arena.
Top-ranked Kansas beats A&M 59-54
Jackrabbits picked third in Summit League -- College baseball . . .
Hillman offers working model for potential lineup -- KC Royals . . .
Rivalry showdown without big incident
Better late than never: Jacks recover from slow start, triumph over USD in first duel in six years
Baseball Predictions in February!
Tuesday Tidbits

Science Fiction and Writing:

Science, technology, and space:
"Love" hormone may help autism symptoms: study
FCC to propose faster broadband speeds -- Why is this the FCC's concern?
On Crete, New Evidence of Very Ancient Mariners
Cholesterol drugs up diabetes risk slightly: study
Optimal Waist-to-Hip Ratios in Women Activate Neural Reward Centers in Men -- Well, YEAH . . .

Straight News--Stuff sufficiently serious to deserve a serious treatment:
Teen Arrested After Rocks Thrown At Cars: Pieces Of Concrete Thrown From Highway 71 Bridge -- I think, if found guilty, the teens should be sentenced to have pieces of concrete thrown at them at sixty miles an hour--just so that they see how it feels . . . idiocy should not be coddled . . .

Miscellany (amusing things not fitting above, or below):
Website Challenges One Person to Live Off Coupons For a Year

SECTION THREE: Politics: The neverending battle against blithering idiocy:
People doing potentially good things (including sightings of politicians doing something less than totally idiotic):
Red army galvanizing in our bluest towns: Republicans coming ‘out of the closet’ in wake of Scott Brown’s win -- An uprising in New England . . .
McCain and Hayworth: Tale of the Tape -- I'm inclined towards Hayworth. Sorry, Sarah . . .
RNC Wants Collective Bargaining with Tea Parties -- Tea Parties, on the other hand, want the Republican Party to pull their collective heads our of their collective asses . . .
As the Senate turns: the GOP keeps getting good news (with update) -- There is, however, the reason they're called the "stupid party" which keeps me from getting to terribly excited right now . . .
Throw the Bums Out: Let’s Take It On The Road -- I'm not entirely sure that allowing more than one term for any politician is a good idea . . . as long as you term-limit government bureaucrats, too . . .
Tea Partiers Should Get Serious
RI Town Fires All Teachers at Failing School -- Actually, they need to start with firing all the administrators . . . The entire U.S. Department of Education would be a good start . . .
Scott Brown Challenges Obama to Basketball Game, and Wants to Make it Public, with Proceeds Going to Haiti -- Because we have no reason to believe that Obama has anything other than the ability to talk a good game . . .
New tea-party candidate ad: “Hands”
Tea Party truths

The cure for blithering idiocy: freedom and individual liberty (yeah, I know--ooh, ick, philosophy!):
The only statement of conservative principles we need -- We, The People . . . hey, remember us? The people who really do run this country--really, really? The ones you inside-the-Beltway dolts are too refined and erudite to bother to try to understand? Yeah. Us. We have a message for you: Get the hell out of our government, you looting, lowlife scum. Don't make us use "our Mom voice," Senator McCaskill . . . because we have one, you know . . .
Interviewing Thomas Sowell On Intellectualism
The Republican Party Began as a Tea Party Movement
A New Idea: Don’t Bailout Greece, or Anyone Else for That Matter.

The reality of President Obama as a blithering idiot (and he's the President, so he gets credit, if that's the word, for the entire Executive Branch):
Obama statue removed in Indonesia -- "Every day, the Kool-Aid wears off a little more."
Is campaign all the Obami know how to do? -- Well, it's all he's ever actually done before, so . . .
FAIL… Just 6% of Americans Believe Obama’s $787 Billion Stimulus Created Jobs
Scott Brown Schools Joey Plugs -- You could write thousands of words on the idiocy of Joe Biden. And no, not the blithering idiocy, just the garden-variety, dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks idiocy . . .
Mister Cool and Detached
WH ready to go up against Cheney… says anonymous source. Wait, what?
Why Obama Will Be Clinton Without The Comeback
Is Obama Failing? (Part 3)
Dems Continue to Distance Themselves from Obama
Obama’s Nuclear Push Good but Not Enough

The reality of Washington Democrats (and Independents, and Socialists) as blithering idiots:
New poll: Now, signs of real vulnerability for California's Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer -- This seems to be a bad year to be a blithering idiot . . .
Videos: Bayh says Democrats have yet to create a single private-sector job
Brilliant: Democrats' Big Plan for Saving the Senate is... Mr. 44%, Barack H. Obama

The reality of Washington Republicans as blithering idiots:
Health Care Summit Conflicts with Constitution -- "The President has no legislative authority."

Other blithering idiots at large making life difficult for regular folks:
There'll be Rain on the Scarecrow, Blood on The Plow, & Even More Farm Subsidies For People Named Mellencamp -- Their muzzles deep in the trough of public money, while their favorite son sings popular songs about how horrible it is that we don't put more feed in the trough . . .
Lt. Gov's Staff Member Placed On Leave After 'Inadvertently' Sending Email
< <br> Opposition Research: because blithering idiocy can be dangerous, especially when organized into idiotic groups with idiotic ideologies:
The Democrat Strategy for 2010: Bye Bye, Bayh
Video: “Family Guy” makes fun of Palin’s son, sort of -- Or, "Why I don't bother watching 'Family Guy,' reason 3,483" . . .
Liberal disgust over conservative disgust -- cheerfully discussed by disgusted libertarian!
The Green Death -- Environmentalism kills . . .
Liberals Say U.S. Is Ungovernable. Again. -- Again, my observation: it's weird how America becomes ungovernable only when progressives become the government . . .
Debt and Deficit -- Featuring pretty pictures . . . people like pictures . . .
Tea Party Imposters?
Andrew Sullivan Asks PJM to Remove my Blog Post and to Apologize. He Won’t Get One. Here’s Why!
Tea Party Imposters: Truthers and Other Mutants File to Create "Tea Party" In Nevada

The Keith Olbermann Memorial "Special Comment" on blithering idiots in the Media:
Surprising No One: Liberal Media Completely Embargoes Phil Jones Admissions
Go To A Tea Party? Oppose Obama? Yeah, You’re A Racist --"So much stupid and so little time."
CNN Buries the Lede, Again: 52% Say Obama Doesn't Deserve Reelection
Lonewolf Diaries: Bill Maher — Politically Correct Coward

SECTION FOUR: Case Studies in Blithering Idiocy
"Global warming" aka "Climate change" -- or should that be "Climate Reform?":
Global Warming in Texas -- Damn Texicans . . .
Now IPCC hurricane data is questioned -- "A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that the claims that global hurricane activity has increased cannot be supported."
Global Warming Junk Scientists Even Pushed Bogus Hurricane Data -- Well, yes, that's one very plausible interpretation of what happened . . .
‘Green Police’: Green Theft Comedy
Jones may submit a correction to his 1990 paper – Keenan responds
Lake Erie Frozen over; First Time in 14 Years
Global Warming Scam Still Melting Down

Health care "reform" aka health insurance "reform" -- or should that be health care "change?" Perhaps "Global healthing?:
ObamaCare: We Get It – And We Don’t Want It
“If You Think You Will Tax my Benefits and Give the Money to Ben Nelson in Nebraska, You’re Crazy”

The Economy (Can the blithering idiots bring down the most productive economy the world has ever seen? Yes, They Can! Will they?):

Foreign affairs and National Security (Will blithering idiots get us all killed, or make us all speak Spanish--or Chinese--or Arabic--or all three?):
Hillary: Hey, by the way, Iran’s turning into a military dictatorship -- Uh, cue Captain Obvious . . .

The Morning Whip is a (mostly) daily review of what's out there that caught my attention, sometimes but not always posted before 11 am Central time in the U. S. of A., unless I just don't feel like it that day, am out doing something more important or more fun, or I've been abducted, detained, arrested, or otherwise flummoxed by the agents of blithering idiotry.

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