Morning Whip 3/4/05

An excellent Whip day today, if I do say so myself.

My nephew asks “what’s up with all the Duke ads” on Sorry, Bryan, you’ll have to ask Google[*1] , they control the ad links here by scanning the page for content. Oops, there’s another Duke mention. Oops, another one. Bryan wants North Carolina references. Sorry, Brian, to do that I’d need to mention North Carolina and Tarheels a lot.

My sister likes singing the Monkeys Have No Tails In Zamboanga song in the morning while out camping. Your life is more full for knowing that, I’m sure.

News Flash: the Aryan Nation[*3] is NOT moving from Pennsylvania to Kansas City, Kansas. I’ll admit, I’m hard-pressed to recommend where they should go, exactly, although a certain very warm subterranean location comes to mind.

Big in the Blogosphere: the Federal Election Commission[*4] apparently has not read or understood the Constitution[*5] . Apparently half (the Democrat half, at that, go figure) of the FEC seems to think that linking from a web site to a campaign site constitutes a donation[*6] and thus falls under regulation. I wonder if it’s OK to link to the Aryan Nation web site. Or the FEC web site. Or the House of Representatives site. Or the “Monkeys have no Tails in Zamboanga”[*2] site. Or the University of North Carolina Tar Heels site. This via Instapundit[*8] .

Peter Jackson wants his money[*9] for Lord of the Rings. Meanwhile, Hobbit fossils are causing strife among scientists[*10] . Maybe Sauron isn’t dead after all – this is the kind of thing he’d enjoy.

Tar Heels[*7] .

Finally this morning, another entry for the “Bush was right”[*11] file, this time from Daniel Schorr. This via[*12] .

Morning Whip 3/3/05

The mainstream media’s macabre fascination with the Iraq body count continues.

Meanwhile, the flame of freedom[*2] continues to flicker in Lebanon.

Greenspan: deficits bad, Social Security is in fact fubar’ed[*3] .

And, the Award for Most Disingenuously Confusing First Line in a News Article Award goes to: The Detroit Free Press, for Poll: Social Security plan wins young voters’ support[*4]
WASHINGTON — While polls show that President George W. Bush is losing support for his push to partly privatize Social Security, the group he’s winning support from may be the most important one politically — young people.

Another reason why it’s a bad idea to make public policy according to poll results.

Ah, the Replacements[*5] . One of my all-time favorite bands. I might have to make my way down to the Grand Emporium tomorrow night.

Morning Whip, 3/02/05

Judge, Lawyer on Saddam Tribunal Killed[*1] . This being the same judge that the Iraqi provisional authority pleaded with the media to keep his name secret. Coincidence? Or irresponsible media?

Supreme Court bars juvenile executions[*2] . Yawn. Yet another issue decided by the unelected, unaccountable nine-member Ruling Council of the United States. Remind me again what we elect legislators for?

IE drops below 90 percent market share[*3] . What can you say? Firefox is a better browser.