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Big Dance (M) Update

Our automatic bids so far:

Pennsylvania (18-8), Ivy League
Eastern Kentucky (22-8), Ohio Valley
UCF (24-8), Atlantic Sun
Winthrop (27-5), Big South
Chattanooga (20-10), Southern
Gonzaga (25-5), West Coast
Old Dominion (28-5), Colonial
Creighton (23-10), Missouri Valley
Niagara (20-9), MAAC
Oakland (12-18), Mid-Con
Louisiana-Lafayette (20-10), Sun Belt
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (24-5), Horizon
Fairleigh Dickenson (20-12), Northeast
Montana (18-12), Big Sky

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Morning Whip, 3/9/05

The WhipGood news day:
Dan Rather finally leaving Walter's CBS Chair.
USA issuing ultimatums to the IRA.
Sheriff John Bolton is still headin' to Dodge, er, the UN.
Mount St. Helens has woken up again.

Sports, Oakland University (who? where?) is in the Dance.

Pity I actually have to go to work. More on these and much more, later today. (tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick)

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The Big Dance: Who's In

Automatic bids awarded so far:
Pennsylvania (18-8), Ivy League
Eastern Kentucky (22-8), Ohio Valley
UCF (24-8), Atlantic Sun
Winthrop (27-5), Big South
Chattanooga (20-10), Southern
Gonzaga (25-5), West Coast
Old Dominion (28-5), Colonial
Creighton (23-10), Missouri Valley
Niagara (20-9), MAAC
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Low on Snow in the North Plains

Oh-oh. Sioux Falls is low on snow. I can hear the tears from here in K.C. /sarcasm. There's still hope though:

While no significant snow is forecast in the next several days in Sioux Falls, there are still about 50 potential snow days left, Weisser said.
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Wal-Mart Go Home!

The Kansas City Coalition for Worker Justice opposes replacing the dilapidated Blue Ridge Mall in Kansas City with a new shopping center anchored by Wal-Mart.

Hey, Worker Justice guys, how can we properly blog you if you don't have a web site? Kansas City Star links can only get you so far. You have nothing to lose but your chains, you know.

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Bush Is Still Right

Today's "Bush Was Right" article courtesy the U.K.'s Independent. (From Little Green Footballs via Instipundit).
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John Bolton at the UN

Early positive reviews from the conservative side on John Bolton. WSJ opinion page approves:
So we can only assume that Mr. Annan was sincere yesterday when he welcomed President Bush's decision to nominate John Bolton to succeed John Danforth as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. As the media wasted no time in explaining, Mr. Bolton is a "hard-liner," guilty of such violations of diplomatic protocol as calling North Korea "a hellish nightmare" ruled by a "tyrannical dictator." More such violations will be required if Mr. Bolton's mission is to succeed.

The Freepers are happy (a bit giddy, actually, going off onto an Office Space tangent).

The reactionary liberal side is not quite so happy--Council for a Livable World, Counterpunch, and the little-known Center for American Progress.

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Morning Whip 3/7/05

The WhipMorning, all.

Let's see . . . college basketball is the lead here at Medary:

Tennessee Lady Vols beat #1 LSU to win the SEC championship.

Missouri beats Kansas. Mizzou salvages a .500 regular season.

Illinois gets beat by Ohio State, so it looks like South Dakota State's rumored opener next year against the Illini won't feature a returning undefeated national champion vs. a first-year D-I RPI counter.

Current affairs:

The Sgrena Incident (the Italian Communist journalist wounded in a U.S. attack in Iran). Something is odd about this whole thing, and not just Sgrena's paranoid thought that she was deliberately targeted.

It wasn't just me: I admit I was wondering what was up with all of the really photogenic Lebanese women showing up in photos of the demonstrations against Syria. Megablogger Instapundit (Glenn Reynolds) notices, too. (Yes, I know it's a cynical mechanism to grab attention, ya think I was born yesterday?)

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Squashed Philosophers

Via Memepool, an idea whose time has come:

Glyn Hughes' Squashed Philosophers.

A web site which condenses Western philosopher's work down to our current sound-bite attention span. Or something like that. I especially like the reading time icons to the right of each philosopher's entry. A definite keeper.

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Bush Continues To Be Right

Today's "Bush Was Right" editorial courtesy the Chicago Tribune.

Um, `Could Bush be right?'
Published March 6, 2005

Who on Earth wants to be known as the last foe of freedom? . . .

No movement has only one catalyst: Palestinians, for example, needed to be free of Yasser Arafat before independence could emerge as an option. But Washington's muscular diplomacy unarguably is playing a crucial role throughout the Mideast. For one repressive regime after another, the sight of American soldiers at long last enforcing United Nations resolutions--and bestowing democracy on a subjugated people--surely must concentrate the mind.