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Morning Whip, Feb. 18, 2010

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SECTION ONE: The Word:
A definite lack of Words lately. Words apparently fail me.

I'm sorry about that. SECTION TWO: Things That Amuse Me:
Simians and other aminals*:
Pets in Airplane Cabins: An Unnecessary Allergic Hazard?
*Yes, I know it's "animals," it's just that I always found the childhood mispronunciation really, really cute . . .

Travel:
What are the world's '12 ugliest airports?'
Five U.S. airlines jockeying for rights to new Tokyo flights
Union ramps up strike effort at American Airlines
Update: L.C.'s Bar-B-Q back in business -- Sure, L.C.'s is a scary dive of a barbecue place. Isn't that part of the fun? The ribs are usually pretty good, though . . .

Sports:
Royals report to Arizona with revamped roster
Miss. State fans throw ice, bottles on court
Circling the Summit
It’s all about options at Royals’ camp
Why Do I Need an Apology
Bye bye Brent and Bob? Count me in -- Yeah, it's Whitlock, which means there is a bizarre, moronic, gratuitous mid-article shot at Sarah Palin coming at you out of frickin' nowhere. Where's the ByebyeJasonWhitlock.com campaign?
A Myth of Olympic Proportions
NBC Would Like Everyone To Turn Off The Internet For The Duration Of The Olympics

Science Fiction and Writing:
Aliens ‘R’ Us
BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS V: MY TEN FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS
SciFi TV Shows That Deserve A Remake (with Videos)

Science, technology, and space:
The Carbon Cycle Before Humans: New Studies Provide Clearer Picture of How Carbon Cycle Was Dramatically Affected Long Ago
Networks desperately seek data capacity
We’re Not Running Out Of – Or Even Low On – Sources of ‘Nonrenewable’ Energy
Coming Soon: A Radiant Cooker That Can Deep-Fry Foods Without Oil
Starship pilots: speed kills, especially warp speed

Miscellany (amusing things not fitting above, or below):
Healthiest county in S.D.: Brookings
County Health Rankings
The Tasters "Weren't Entirely Happy." -- Viva Wal*Mart!
DNA Tests Reveal Mysteries of Boy-King Tut
The Consumer Memo, 02/17: Campbell plans soup revamp
Happiness makes for a happy heart

SECTION THREE: Politics: The neverending battle against blithering idiocy:
People doing potentially good things (including sightings of politicians doing something less than totally idiotic):
Tribal tea partiers hold rally
Sarah Palin Is One Tough Mother -- "In America 2010, happy and functional people like Palin are perceived as dim."
Tea Party Movement Untamed
Barack Obama Mocked at This Year’s Mardi Gras Parade -- Presidents, like all American politicians, are useful mostly for the entertainment they provide their sarcastic and mocking prospective voters. Don't make us use our Mom Voice . . .
The secret behind the hot sales of "The Road to Serfdom" by free-market economist F. A. Hayek
Conservative leaders release “Mount Vernon statement”
Palin to tea partiers: You’re going to have to choose between the parties
Bush “Miss Me Yet?” Merchandise Selling Like Hotcakes
Palin: Stop Being a Jackass With This Third-Party Crap
Something to ponder for 2012: Sarah Palin's ahead of where Obama was 30 months before his nomination
The Mount Vernon Statement
Angry Americans Confusingly Hate Both Bailouts and Bailouts
Tea Party leaders ask voters to help draft ‘Contract from America’

The cure for blithering idiocy: freedom and individual liberty (yeah, I know--ooh, ick, philosophy!):
The Mises Economics Blog on the Christian Science Monitor
Education: Too Important for a Government Monopoly
Principle and Action

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):
Reasonably Sane Sustainability -- What is obviously unsustainable is the Obama Administration and Democrat Party control of the Federal Government . . .
Who's an "Ideologue"?
Executive Power Only A Problem When Someone Else Has It
Hispanics Losing Hope for Obama
Obama on nuclear energy, before and after -- You see, the problem with Obama is that you simply can't believe anything the man says. . .
Pay-go: The next expiration date has arrived
Biden Blames Our System of Government For Failures of Liberal Ideology
Krauthammer: Obama's Excuses on National Security Are Unbelievable
Oh My: College Acquaintance of Obama's Says That, in 1980, Obama Was a "Pure Marxist Socialist"
Another Billboard… “How’s That Hope and Change Working For You?”
The Great Stimulus Hoax
Stimulus anniversary timeline: A year on the road to nowhere

The reality of Washington Democrats (and Independents, and Socialists) as blithering idiots:
Lawrence Kudlow: The Washington, D.C., disconnect
Dems' blues: States reverting to red
Coulter: Bush Wanted To Try Richard Reid by Military Commission, But Left-Wing Wouldn't Let Him
Dissent crushed: CO Dem Sen. candidate fires Pat Caddell for speaking truth
The Head Start Scam
The Ripple Effects of Federal Action: A Case Study

The reality of Washington Republicans as blithering idiots:
GOP sees possible upside in health care summit -- Trap, it is . . .
Hayworth vs. McCain: No Contest
Report: Dems near deal on ObamaCare before health-care summit? -- Of course, the fix is in. It's A Trap!
GOP Risks Being Swept Away Unless They Adopt Tea Party Principles -- In marketing, it would be called "brand differentiation." It's generally a good strategy, especially when what you've been selling becomes really, really unpopular . . .

Other blithering idiots at large making life difficult for regular folks:
Toyota and the Union-Backed, Government-Led Witch Hunt -- Although I can't tell right now if there are any "good guys" at all in this particular fight . . .
University of Texas pursues makers of iTexas app for violation of “Texas” trademark -- There are times when Texas should be messed with . . .
Gulp: WaPo poll shows massive opposition to Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance

Opposition Research: because blithering idiocy can be dangerous, especially when organized into idiotic groups with idiotic ideologies:
Hushing Up Conspiracy Theories -- Or, airbrushing history . . .
Soros loaded up on gold in the 4th qtr -- And make no mistake, if you want to keep your money, then George Soros is very much your enemy . . .
Clinton Plotting Tea Party Counterattack
Preferring the Politics of Personal Destruction when Countering a Resurgent Right
This Is Your Country on Progressivism
They Burn the Research of Class Enemies, Don't They?

The Keith Olbermann Memorial "Special Comment" on blithering idiots in the Media:
Keith Olbermann's Plantation: 'Ask Yourself - Where Are the Black Faces?'
David Shuster’s Twitter Silent Since Breitbart/O’Keefe Battle
TV Backlash: Sponsors Rebel Against Salacious Content, Create ‘Family Friendly’ Programming
Family Guy goaded Palin into a mistake
Washington Post Still Doesn't Understand Supreme Court Ruling
AP Airbrushes Joe Biden’s Latest Gaffe

SECTION FOUR: Case Studies in Blithering Idiocy
"Global warming" aka "Climate change" -- or should that be "Climate Reform?":
2009- Global Warming Causes Foggy Days in San Francisco… 2010- Global Warming Causes Fog-less Days in San Francisco -- Here in Flyover Country, we call this "Just making shit up."
The AGW Smoking Gun
IPCC gate Du Jour – Antarctic Sea Ice Increase Underestimated by 50%
Climategate 2.0 — The NASA Files: U.S. Climate Science as Corrupt as CRU (PJM Exclusive — Part One) -- "It's not the crime, it's the coverup . . ."
Global Warming: What’s Credibility Got to Do with It?
Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent Second Highest on Record -- It's only "weather" though, so it's essentially meaningless. The next summer heat wave, on the other hand . . .
Who Doesn't Trust Science Now?: Weird weather, Climategate, and the dangers of faith-based science
Big Business Jumps Ship from the S.S. Climate Change
Climate Crackup: A breakdown in Copenhagen saves a divided world from carbon rationing.
Va. Challenges EPA on Climate policy. Media sandbags, and AGW adherents go to Eleventy!!!11!

Health care "reform" aka health insurance "reform" -- or should that be health care "change?" Perhaps "Global healthing?:
Paying Cash for Health Care
The Limited Benefits of First Dollar Health Care Coverage

The Economy (Can the blithering idiots bring down the most productive economy the world has ever seen? Yes, They Can! Will they?):
The Recession’s Fat Cats: Public Employees -- This is why I am unmoved by public employees who complain that they haven't gotten a raise in the past year or two (some of which are actually among my best friends) . . .
Deadbeat Nation Watch: China Dumps More Than $30 Billion in U.S. Funny Money

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?):
What's Obama's beef with India? -- I'm not sure if the author is using ironic humor in the article title or not . . .
Different strokes
War game reveals U.S. lacks cyber-crisis skills
My Big Fat Greek Restructuring: Greece can help itself, and the West, by resisting a bailout.
Closing Time? -- "George C Marshall: "The enemy always has problems of his own of which you are unaware.""


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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