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The Whip, April 11, 2011

TODAY'S FEATURE ARTICLE
Glenn Reynolds has an absolutely brilliant proposal:
Here’s my proposal: A 50% surtax on anything earned within five years after leaving the federal government, above whatever the federal salary was. Leave a $150K job at the White House, take a $1M job with Goldman, Sachs, pay a $425K surtax. Some House Republican should add this to a bill and watch the Dems react.

Oh, yeah. I want to see this. I want to see this so bad I can taste it. I want this so bad I'm using utterly inapt metaphors. Oh, please, House Republicans, do this, do this, do this, DO THIS!
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Weekend Whip, April 9-10, 2011

TODAY'S FEATURE ARTICLE
Opponents of Gun-Free Zones at Universities Find Unlikely Hero in Nevada Woman
"I know, having been the first victim, that Brianna Dennison would still be alive, had I been able to defend myself that night."
Gun-free zones kill. And rape. Preventing people from defending themselves is evil. Gun-free zones are evil. They are the triumph of naked, mindless fear over common sense. Those that demand campus gun-free zones basically held this woman down for the rapist--and tied the rapist's other victim to a post and let him kill her. That is the result of all of the compassionate concern. Death and mayhem. You gun-prohibitionists removed their ability to defend themselves. The responsibility for their safety could have been theirs. You took that from them. And in result, you took the rest. I hope all you who want to ban guns are very, very happy with yourselves about this. Because you are not angels. You are monsters. Well-intentioned monsters.
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The Whip, April 8, 2011

The Whip returns, as basketball season has ended (well, college basketball season, which is the only one that really matters now isn't it?) and things are--for a little while--beginning to settle down a bit. So, let's get started:

TODAY'S FEATURE ARTICLE
How to Eliminate Social Security and Medicare -- There are ways out of the mess we've made. All that's needed is the fortitude to do what must be done--what will be done, one way or another. We can do it the hard way, or we can do it the easy way. Waiting is the hard way. Doing it now and taking the hits and pain that will come is actually the easy way. Think about that for a while. You know it's true.
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The Whip

This stuff has been collecting for a while. So, a Whip link-dump:

First, Civility Watch:
Obama Explains Why Some People Hate Sarah Palin -- He was, of course, talking about himself, but he blunders into the truth nevertheless . . .
Tabitha Hale talks about being assaulted by a hostile union goon
'Take 'Em Down': Would Saul Alinsky approve of the SEIU's new anthem?
Labor brute force rules
Networks Skip Democratic Congressman's Call for Union Protesters to 'Get a Little Bloody'
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The Whip

While the spoiled children in Wisconsin and their union/Democrat enablers continue their temper tantrum over actually being asked to pay for a portion of their retirement and medical care (horrors!), putting up to 12 thousand Wisconsin state employees' jobs at risk, you may have missed a few other happenings:

Iran is sending ships through the Suez Canal to further menace Israel.

Meanwhile, high speed rail will SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS!! (Oops, sorry, no, it won't. It's a silly-ass idea. Works in Japan. Won't work in the USA.)

(Economic) bubbles are bursting around the world . . . has our golden age ended? Only if we do not change-- and I'm not referring to the Soros/Obama-cling-bitterly-to-Nineteenth-century-"progressive"-collectivist/statist-public-policy-solutions kind of "change."

And yes, unions ARE thuggish organizations. They really can't help it. It's what they are. Their primary weapon is intimidation. When that fails, they start the violence.

Fire ‘em all and institute vouchers. Sounds like an excellent plan to me.

Wisconsin doctors sacrificing their careers to keep spoiled children spoiled.

On a rare cheery note, Nathan Fillion wants to buy Firefly.

The price of oil is going up. The price of everything is going up. Have you noticed?

A good question: After Wisconsin, how do Democrats argue against a GOP government shutdown? Glenn Reynolds replies: ""shamelessly" would be my guess." Yeah. That word should be a part of the official name of the Democratic Party--er--the Shameless Democratic Party.

Depressed yet? No? Then you don't understand what's going on. Sigh.
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A WTF? Whip!

No, not the President's "Win The Future," whatever the hell that means. The other one.

The West Wing, Season II. Via Instapundit. "Obama didn’t know what he didn’t know, yet his self-confidence was so stratospheric that once, in the context of thinking about Emanuel’s replacement, he remarked in all seriousness, “You know, I’d make a good chief of staff.”" The words idiot savant come to my mind whenever I seriously consider Barack Obama's intellectual capacity . . .

Dunning–Kruger effect. Also via Instapundit. "The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes." Yeah. Barack Obama. And, actually, most of the people who think themselves the rightful rulers of this (and most other) countries.

Democrat tries to boot Giffords from committee assignment. Via Hillbuzz. California Democrat Loretta Sanchez is a nasty piece of work.

Royals are on the clock. Kansas City, we're told, has the best minor league system in all of baseball. They'd better.

NASA Press Conference: We Found a Galaxy Formed Only 500 Million Years After the Big Bang.

The Battle Over the DSM-V (Or "DSM-5," Since Roman Numerals are Getting the Axe Too). Is psychiatry suffering from its own Dunning-Kruger effect? If everyone can be diagnosed with some psychiatric problem of one kind or another, is it time to perhaps look at psychiatry itself as the problem?

Two More Cruise Lines Cancel Mazatlan Calls; Reports of Increased Violence to Blame. Princess and Holland America bail on the Mexican Pacific coast port.

The President as Micromanager. Via Instapundit. "While watching the speech, I tweeted that "Obama sounds remarkably similar to the CEOs I used to listen to on earnings calls: the ones with mediocre EPS and a failing business model." This wasn't a crack at Obama, or Democrats; it was a reaction to the content. And after watching the responses, the impression lingers--indeed, maybe it's strengthened. "

Ancient body clock keeps all life on time: studies. "The studies also suggest that the 24-hour circadian clock found in human cells is the same as that found in algae, and dates back millions of years to early life on earth. . ."

A tyranny of the heavily armed? Glenn Reynolds once again attempts to acquaint the "Reality-Based Community" with reality: "It’s not like the “bitter clinger” line is anything new. The trouble is, these folks liked the idea of a dictatorship of the proletariat, so long as it wasn’t actually, you know, proletarian. ‘Cause those proles are just icky.
. . .
"Hooded protesters. Molotov cocktails. Three dead by fire, four hospitalized. This is Piven’s idea of a proper “people’s movement.” This is the kind of violence she (Frances Fox Piven) was advocating. This is what she’d like to see happening in America, to Americans. And this is what her allies are trying to minimize, or distract attention from, by making false accusations aimed at innocent parties. Just for the record."


And, for those of you who remember the Seventies: "Whip Inflation Now!"

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Wednesday whip

It's the economics, stupid!

The Fed's Zero Rate Policy Is Destroying America

Economic Misconceptions

Obama Drags Recovery With Raw Deal for Contracts: Amity Shlaes
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A week Whip

Oh, yes, the Whip has been on the shelf for quite a while, hasn't it? Well, don't expect a lot of regular whippage, but this is the stuff that accumulated in my browser's tabs over about the past week:

What We Believe: A Primer, Part 1. Well worth ten minutes of your time, especially if you think "teabaggers" are wacko raaaaacists:
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The Whip-Science, July 30, 2010

Science

Western Diet Link to ADHD, Australian Study Finds

Science Turns Authoritarian

Rabbits grow their own joint replacements in study -- Go Rabbits!

Why "science" has a problem

Anatomy of a Microburst

Is a stiff hamstring more susceptible to a strain?

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The Whip-The News, July 30, 2010

Three (possible) sections in the News Whip(s): World News, National News, and Heartland News (Heartland being defined as my home territory--from Kansas City north to South Dakota).