Morning Whip, Dec. 31, 2009

The CRISIS OF THE HOUR just seems like an awful lot of work, doesn’t it? No crisis today. Crisis maybe tomorrow. No crisis today.

Seven Seas Navigator Emerges From Refit [*1]
Dutch say they’ll use full body scanners for U.S. flights [*2]
Man, Do I Hate Holiday Travel [*3] — allahu akbar . . . BOOM!
TSA targets travel bloggers over leaked security memo [*4]
Cruise West Expands Reach with World’s Longest Cruise [*5]

2009/the 2000’s In Review, and year-end lists:
A Decade and Its Three Crises [*6]
2009’s Idiots of the Year! [*7]
Technology Predictions Are Mostly Bunk [*8]
Most Jaw-Dropping Live Television Moments of the Decade [*9]
Reason Staffers Pick The Best and Worst Things of The Decade [*10]
Telegraph: The most conservative movie of the decade is… [*11]
Technology not as advanced by 2010 as some had hoped [*12]

The battle for Truth, Justice, and the American Way :
Don’t Tase Me When I’m Having a Diabetic Seizure, Bro [*13]
The James Taggart Presidency and the value of work [*14]
More Guns, Less Crime in ’09 [*15]
SEIU Watch: More workers revolt against power-grabbing Purple Shirts [*16]
Tea Parties: The Biggest Mistake We Could Make in 2010 [*17]
White House Stonewalling on Obama’s Executive Order Unleashing Interpol [*18]
Minnesota University Wants K-12 Teachers to Hate America [*19] — mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to attend the U of M. . .
Political moralism and the self-defeating impulse towards totalitarian ‘purity’ [*20] — I’m not much into demanding ‘purity’ from others, personally.
The Criminalization of Protest: Police and politicians ignore the First Amendment when we need it the most. [*21]
Saving Money, Lives, and Human Civilization [*22]
Fighting the Beltway Mentality [*23]
More Radicalizing of Higher Education Ahead [*24]
Obama’s Game of False Choices [*25]
The Marxian Virus in American Thought [*26]
Blogging for ‘The Cause’? Nonsense! I Write for Money [*27]

The reality of Obama and the Democrat leadership as blithering idiots:
Max Baucus: I was totally sober [*28] — I dunno . . . “drunk” is a better excuse, I think, than “blithering idiot” but then he’s a Senator, for which “blithering idiot” is pretty much the primary job requirement . . .
Why is Obama still in Hawaii? [*29]
Why Obama pretends [*30]
Does Obama Realize We Are at War Yet? [*31]
Unfair attack from the Right on Obama’s lack of response? [*32] — um . . . well . . . upon reflection . . . no, no, not unfair at all. ‘Commander in Chief’ means something, as does “preserve, protect, and DEFEND the Constitution of the United States.” Or anyway, it used to, before the Blithering Idiots took over.
If Obama’s lost Maureen Dowd . . . [*33]
Obama Uses His Bush Similarities to Deflect Heat [*34]
The limits of “cool” [*35]
Barack Obama and the Exhausted Presidency [*36]

War and terror and diplomacy and peace:
“Iraq the model” after all? [*37]

“Global warming” aka “Climate change” — or should that be “Climate Reform?”:
Major northern hemisphere cold snap coming [*38]
French Revolution! Carbon tax ruled unconstitutional just two days before taking effect [*39]
From The IPCC [*40]
Let me try again [*41] — “. . . the French have ruled a proposed carbon tax scheduled to start on Jan 1, 2010 to be unconstitutional . . .”
Satellite visualization of December’s deadly cold in Europe and Russia [*42]
The Left’s End Times [*43]

The Economy:
Ponzi scheme collapses more than tripled in 2009 [*44] — Tough times for con artists, too, apparently . . .
More federal funds going to GMAC Financial [*45] — Yep. Tough times for con artists.
Public Sector Drives Deep Into The Night [*46]
Markets fail. That’s why we need markets. [*47] — “Too big to fail” is a profoundly anti-free-market concept. Unsuccessful businesses should fail–they should never, ever be propped up. The same should be said of political philosophies, but here we are, taking another run at collectivism . . .
The Monetary Base is exploding. So what? [*48]
Fannie & Freddie Officially Declared Bottomless Pits. GMAC Not Far Behind [*49]
Government-Caused Disaster [*50]

Media bias and/or incompetence:
CBS totally objective about ‘teabaggers’ [*51] — I guess fair is fair . . . when I think of the media the first things that come to my mind are several slang terms for homosexual sex, too . . .
Tea Party Express official says liberal media used TPM’s ‘totally bogus story’ [*52]

Health care “change” (called by some “reform”):
Like Mushrooms, Health Care ‘Reform’ Flourishes in the Dark [*53]
Unhealthy arrogance [*54]
Rasmussen: Opposition to ObamaCare Reaches New High [*55]
Legal Discrimination [*56] — “Liberals funneling other people’s money (yours) to favored minorities and trial lawyers. Business as usual.”
Blinded By Good Intentions [*57]
13 Republican Attorneys General Threaten Lawsuits Over Nebraska’s Health Care Deal [*58]

Heroin, HIV stalk tropical resort of Zanzibar [*59]
‘Best Job’ winner stung by dangerous jellyfish [*60]
Power to the (Conservative) People [*61]
Wussie Watch: Yale censors the word “sissy” [*62]
Sarah & Hillary: Most Admired Women in USA [*63]
Rush Limbaugh Taken to Hospital with Chest Pains UPDATED [*64]
Rush Limbaugh reported ‘resting comfortably’ in Hawaii hospital [*65]

No. 1 Kansas overcomes early gaffe to rout Belmont [*66]
Tennessee beats longtime foe Old Dominion 102-62 [*67]
SDSU set for Summit action [*68]