Morning Whip, 2/28/05

Breaking: Fox News is showing an anti-Syrian demonstration in Beirut. Thousands of Lebanese, flying the cedar tree flag. No link yet that I can find.

Who watched the Oscars?[*1] Me neither. What’s the over/under–a 20 share?

Gee, President Bush wins a Razzie[*2] . Har, har, har. That cracks me up. Really. Har.

Got Ding[*3] ? Southwest Airlines wants you to. Too bad you can’t find it on the SWA[*4] web site.

Without Moody, the Jayhawks are pretty ordinary[*5] . With Moody, the Jayhawks are Final Four contenders[*6] . All hail the role player!

Morning Whip, 2/27/05

Victor Davis Hanson[*1] , writing in the Wall Street Journal’s OpinionJournal[*2] (registration required) again calls the European’s bluff [*3] on their hypocritical attitudes toward America. VDH is always a good read . . .

Until postmodern Europe rightly assumes a role commensurate with its moral rhetoric, population, and economic strength, out of envy or pride it will often seek to undercut and occasionally embarrass the U.S.–at least up to that fine, though ambiguous, point of not quite alienating its hyperpower patron. For our part, we cannot ridicule Europe’s present military impotence only to oppose its nascent efforts at a unified defense establishment. So go to it, Europe–one voice, one army, one U.N. Security Council seat!

Jacks win! Jacks win! Jacks win![*4] Now, it’s a bit silly I know to get excited about a college basketball team’s tenth win occuring at the end of February, but these are my Jackrabbits. Not many teams get to end their season with a win. You gotta understand. It’s a fan thing.

Lady Jacks, however, lose for the second time[*5] to arch-rival North Dakota State. Still, 20 wins in your first year in D-I and wins over Alabama, Kentucky, and Oklahoma State is not a bad thing. One more game to go for the Lady Jacks . . .

Note to editorial writers: Any editorial which includes both “quagmire” and “exit strategy” can safely be ignored if not ridiculed for showing an utter lack of comprehension of the post-9/11 world. No link here. You know who you are.

More Euro-love for Dubya

Courtesy the
U.K. Telegraph: “The day Dubya trumped Putin by playing the joker”

(OK, England isn’t exactly Europe, but it’s close . . . )

As the post-summit press conference got under way in Bratislava Castle, however, drooping heads were suddenly jerked upright. White House correspondents have seen a few taut press conferences in their time. Few had witnessed anything like the electric closing Bush/Putin encounter.

Bush Was Right

Out of curiousity, I typed
“bush was right”
[*1] into Google.

The result:

Results 1 – 10 of about 32,400 for “bush was right”. (0.49 seconds)


Morning Whip, 2/26/05

I’ve noticed an unfortunate tendency for the Morning Whip to become the Afternoon Whip. Discipline, Filbert, discipline.

Wichita police think they’ve got the BTK serial killer[*1] . I hope so.

It’s almost March, which means it’s Madness time. Is it time for John Chaney[*2] to go?

They’re not eligible for the Big Dance for a while, but – – – Jackrabbits[*3] vs. Bison[*4] . Tonight. In Fargo. The Women[*5] . The Men[*6] . Gotta love college basketball.

Wal-Mart (select boo-hiss[*7] or hurrah[*8] based on your personal preference) is still out in NYC[*9] , but in to redevelop an aging shopping center in Kansas City[*10] .

Morning Whip, 2/23/05

Not much going on out there today, as far as I can tell. Some guy [*1] reportedly wanted to kill President Bush.

The Supreme Court [*2] apparently wants to rule on whether or not Million Dollar Baby [*3] is legal.

Look out, here comes Missouri State University. [*4]

California [*5] is still getting drenched, but apparently relief is in sight. Fortunately, Fox News Channel [*6] is breaking away from coverage of Bush in Europe and Michael Jackson to cover the undermining of a runway. Thank heavens for FNC.


Vital data swiped from thousands in Kansas, Missouri[*1] .

It is reported that a company called ChoicePoint (spun off from Equifax) got taken for at least 145,000 sets of personal records. Do you shred all of your old bills and statements? Do you really think that does any good? Are you comfortable living in a society where you have no reasonable expectation of privacy? I don’t have any good answers for this, but I don’t like it. Don’t like it one bit.