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Whip, December 12, 2012

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Site News: I'm contemplating a migration from the current platform (Geeklog) to Wordpress. Might start taking that on after the new year. Also, there's some travel journals that need posting--these should be forthcoming "real soon now."

Now, on with the whip:

Honest -- A web comic. Truth.
Senator Jeff Sessions: Here's A Crazy Idea, Maybe We Should Follow Constitutional Procedures And Not Backroom Deals To Handle The Fiscal Cliff -- What? Have our Congressional representatives actually, er, represent us? Have some modest expectation that our representatives will actually follow the rules we set up for them to follow (i.e. the Constitution) in doing so? That's just crazy talk! You must be a conservative or something. What a nutjob!

Celebrity Cruises Offers Complimentary Drinks Packages -- Because people don't drink enough on cruise ships as it is.

Ezra Klein: Often Wrong, Never In Doubt -- The visceral hatred of freedom of association and freedom of employment by the leftist "progressives" is, or should be, very instructive. Of course, these are the same people who like pointing guns at people and taking their money, so that they can make themselves feel virtuous by giving that money to somebody else.

It is not a virtue to be generous with other people's money.

Union Goon Who Assaulted Steven Crowder Identified -- If you go around saying you'll start a civil war over some piece of legislation, don't be surprised if you eventually get a civil war. "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow."

Intelligence Report Challenges Declinist Consensus -- But the good news is that the USA won't be the world's only superpower in 2030. That's a good thing, right? (Actually, judging from the current political leadership, it's hard to argue that it's not a good thing.)

Widening the Habitable Zone -- More thorium! More thorium!

Michigan Unions’ “Freeloader” Myth -- Seems like a simple enough concept--if you don't pay union dues, you don't get representation from the union (and therefore have to deal with your employer yourself). This is actually good for unions--it keeps them focused on what they're supposed to be doing--mediating employer-employee relations.

The Seventh Circuit Keeps “Bear” in 2nd Amendment -- I'm perpetually amazed that "progressive" leftists can read the plain words of the Constitution and somehow twist them to mean the exact opposite of what they say. Apparently the Seventh Circuit court, on this day anyway, agrees with me.

http://www.volokh.com/2012/12/11/the-seventh-circuit-keeps-bear-in-2nd-amendment/ -- I'm for 'em. The concept of private property is a fundamental building block of civilization. Strange how "progressive" leftists focus on it as somehow an evil, given how collective ownership always--ALWAYS turns out in the end. Of course, "progressive" leftists aren't real big on learning from experience or history. Forward!

Costa Cruise Ship Hits Pier; Leaves 24-Foot Gash in Side -- So, ask me why I don't intend to cruise on Costa any time soon.

Too Much TV: Joel Nielsen -- An interview of Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen by the irreplacable Terry Vandrovec.

Tyler Summitt takes the family legacy to Marquette -- Son of Pat begins his basketball coaching career.

My Favorite Stories Of 2012 -- From the wildly potty-mouthed but still amusing writer Chuck Wendig.

Noah’s Biblical Flood Actually Happened, Says Famed Archeologist Who Found the Titanic -- Um, yeah. Not sure why I clicked on this one. Although the picture in the article of penguins outside the Noah's Ark replica is pretty darn funny.

Union Members Covering Selves in Glory Again -- Normally, taking a swing at a comedian while protesting against some government silliness would be news. But if the comedian is also a conservative, well, er, not so much, I guess.

"Better Off On Benefits" -- Here's the end result of the "progressive" leftist urge to give somebody stuff that belongs to other people. You make the recipients of that giving dependent and unable to support themselves. If you're goal is power, that's a good thing, but if you're actually trying to make people's lives better, it's a disaster.

Accuse the Accusers: @scrowder Gets the Left’s ‘Plate Glass Window’ Treatment -- How dare that conservative comedian put his face where my fist could hit it?!? Burn the conservative witch!

Things We Hate About Air Travel -- Just about everything other than the "getting half-way across the country in a couple of hours" thing.