Link roundup for 26 December 2009
Mendip recalls the searing radiation of Christmas past.
Thou shalt steal.
Here's another video of the Fishmen song, with visuals true to the original tale.
Simon's Cat deals with a pesky bird and a pesky fly.
Monkeys put on a show.
I had a Thingmaker as a kid. It was great and I never got burned.
Retired cops reveal how police harassment works.
Not enough, but well deserved.
Child-raper Roman Polanski loses an appeal.
US crime rates are now at their lowest levels since the 1960s.
Jim Lippard reviews the groups promoting global-warming denialism (found via Pharyngula).
FactCheck.org lists the top lies of 2009 (found via Parsley's Pics).
Jonathan Chait discusses what the Senate health bill will and won't do and why. An NYT view is here. Harold Pollack reviews its likely impact on abortion. Tom Harkin says the public option isn't dead.
Winning ugly is still winning.
David Frum assesses the right's defeat.
Amanda Marcotte looks at cynicism on the left.
Frank Schaeffer assesses Obama's Presidency so far (found via Annette).
Americans still prefer Democrats over Republicans, but health-care arch-villain Lieberman's popularity has taken a serious hit.
Here's a sample of what Republicans might do if they regain power.
Ron Paul's son Rand is running for Senate from Kentucky. Meet his campaign spokesman (found via The Crossed Pond).
Merry Christmas, President Obama, from WND.
This history/autopsy of American conservatism was written in February, but is still worth a read today.
Tim Pawlenty is not the man to bring sanity back to the right.
The different strains of conservatism have a common theme: control over pleasure.
A Christian student group sues for the right to exclude gays.
It's not nice to criticize people's myths.
Early reports are still sketchy, but apparently there has been a serious attempted terrorist attack on an airliner near Detroit.
France's ruling party proposes a ban on the veil.
I agree with The Times's choice for person of the year.
This dinosaur had feathers. And venom.
"You lie to children for money."
Wild chimpanzees understand fire.
Global warming affects different ecosystems at different rates. For much of the US it means fiercer storms.