Morning Whip, Feb. 15, 2010

Semi-snowed in in South Dakota. Snug in the hotel last night, surfing the web and trying not to watch the Winter Olympics. It was a hot cocoa sort of night.
And oops . . . pre-scheduled this to post . . . tomorrow. That would have been awkward. Oops, again. SECTION TWO: Things That Amuse Me:
Simians and other aminals*:
Bees Caffeine And Nicotine Fiends [*1]
*Yes, I know it’s “animals,” it’s just that I always found the childhood mispronunciation really, really cute . . .

Cruise Ship Crew Reportedly Treated for Carbon Monoxide Exposure [*2]

Michelson sparks Jacks over NDSU [*3] — SDSU 74, NDSU 49 in women’s basketball.
No. 1 Kansas pulls away for Self’s 400th victory [*4] — Kansas 73, Iowa State 59 in men’s basketball.
Wall helps Kentucky conquer Tennessee [*5] — Kentucky 73, Tennessee 62 in men’s basketball.
Buzzer-beaters and bad luck bust Jacks [*6] — NDSU 90, SDSU 85, 2OT in
UMKC falls to Oakland 83-71 [*7] — Men’s basketball.
No. 5 Tennessee beats Florida 83-44 — Women’s basketball.

Science Fiction and Writing:
Too much snow.

Science, technology, and space:
Too much wind.

Straight News–Stuff sufficiently serious to deserve a serious treatment:
Socialist Professor Amy Bishop Who Killed 3 Profs Yesterday Shot & Killed Her Brother in 1986 …UPDATE: Dem Rep. Delahunt Made Call to Release Bishop in 1986! [*8]
The shadow of the past [*9]

Miscellany (amusing things not fitting above, or below):
You’re not lazy, you just have “sluggish cognitive tempo disorder” [*10] — Oh, good. Here, I thought that there was something wrong with me.

SECTION THREE: Politics: The neverending battle against blithering idiocy:
People doing potentially good things (including sightings of politicians doing something less than totally idiotic):
Steele Meeting With 50 Tea Party Leaders On Tuesday [*11] — Which could jump to the Republican-Blithering-Idiot section at a moment’s notice . . .

The cure for blithering idiocy: freedom and individual liberty (yeah, I know–ooh, ick, philosophy!):
Abraham Lincoln: ‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand’ [*12]
Federalist No. 62: The Senate [*13] — “It is recommended by the double advantage of favoring a select appointment, and of giving to the State governments such an agency in the formation of the federal government as must secure the authority of the former, and may form a convenient link between the two systems.” Direct election of Senators breaks this system and essentially makes a mockery of the concept of a limited, federal government.

The reality of President Obama as a blithering idiot (and he’s the President, so he gets credit, if that’s the word, for the entire Executive Branch):
Closing The Barn Door After the Horse Has Bolted: Obama Now a Deficit Hawk? [*14]
Creating Jobs–In China! — Two quotes from the article: “The Obama administration is setting a standard of incompetence not likely to be rivaled any time soon.” And “If the Obama administration were actually trying to damage our economy, it is not clear that it could do a better job.”
U.S. Treasury: economy to keep growing in 2010 [*15] — KEEP growing? Rosie Scenario is a key adviser of Obama, it seems . . .
Biden: White House wants to hear GOP health ideas — By now, you know what’s coming, right?

AP: Debt bomb will build even under rosiest Obama scenarios [*16]
Obama’s Doubletalk [*17]
Under Obama, crony capitalism again rules the day [*18]

The reality of Washington Democrats (and Independents, and Socialists) as blithering idiots:
Dems plan to rearrange deck chairs [*19]
How Congressional Black Caucus got around McCain-Feingold [*20] — Remember: “Do as I say, Not as I do!”

The reality of Washington Republicans as blithering idiots:
The request of a small favor from Texas Republicans [*21] — You know . . . Washington Republicans, Texas Republicans, Tea Partiers, it’s all good, right? Right?

Other blithering idiots at large making life difficult for regular folks:
Davos proposal: require “licenses” for internet use [*22] — No, really . . .
Control freaks want web licences to end bloggers’ anonymity – be very afraid [*23] — This is a world where people actually take this nonsense seriously . . . if you want your freedom, you’ll have to fight for it. Nobody’s going to give it to you, and there are hordes of people who want to take it away from you and sell some of it back to you at a hefty profit. And some people just like telling other people what to do.
Fishermen say federal law kills jobs [*24]

Opposition Research: because blithering idiocy can be dangerous, especially when organized into idiotic groups with idiotic ideologies:
The Anachronism of Apostasy [*25]
“For the Children” = “Hide your Wallet” [*26]
Alinskyism before Alinsky: an ancient but uncredited legacy [*27]

The Keith Olbermann Memorial “Special Comment” on blithering idiots in the Media:
PR Gnus Of The World News Remixes NPR [*28]

SECTION FOUR: Case Studies in Blithering Idiocy
“Global warming” aka “Climate change” — or should that be “Climate Reform?”:
49 states with snow, 1180 new snowfall records set in the USA this past week – is February Headed For Record Snowfall? [*29]
Scripps: Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse Possibly Triggered by Ocean Waves [*30]
AGW – The Phil Jones Interview: So Much For Settled Science [*31]
Tisdale on the importance of El Nino’s little sister – recharging ocean heat content [*32]
Climategate’s Phil Jones Confesses to Climate Fraud [*33]
Daily Mail: The Jones U-turn [*34]
No global warming since 1995? [*35]
Phil Jones momentous Q&A with BBC reopens the “science is settled” issues [*36]
It Was All a Lie: Climategate Scientist Admits There Is No Global Warming [*37]
The Wheels Are Coming Off [*38]
All of a sudden, it’s OK to question the conclusions of climate alarmists [*39]
Was there any actual warming to begin with? [*40]
It’s Not Apostasy [*41]
New paper on mathematical analysis of GHG [*42] — “GHG” = “greenhouse gases” for those of you playing along at home . . .
Global Warming Fraudsters Bilked EU & US for £800,000 Annually for Last 20 Years [*43]
Christy and McKittrick in the UK Times: doubts on station data[*44]

Health care “reform” aka health insurance “reform” — or should that be health care “change?” Perhaps “Global healthing?:
Still a huge mistake . . .

The Economy (Can the blithering idiots bring down the most productive economy the world has ever seen? Yes, They Can! Will they?):
Unemployment in the Great Recession [*45] — “Although job losses slowed in December, there is no evidence of recovery in employment. This will be a continuing drag on the economy and on the fiscal condition of both state and federal governments.”
US debt will keep growing even with recovery[*46]

Foreign affairs and National Security (Will blithering idiots get us all killed, or make us all speak Spanish–or Chinese–or Arabic–or all three?):
The Afghan surge begins in earnest [*47]

The Morning Whip is a (mostly) daily review of what’s out there that caught my attention, sometimes but not always posted before 11 am Central time in the U. S. of A., unless I just don’t feel like it that day, am out doing something more important or more fun, or I’ve been abducted, detained, arrested, or otherwise flummoxed by the agents of blithering idiotry.

I surf the Web, so you don’t have to! (which would be a trademark, but come on, who am I kidding?)