Link roundup for 31 January 2009
Oh, and Ted Haggard is at it again, too (sent by Ranch Chimp, who comments here). Time to link to Roy Zimmerman again.
Hope! Change! Lizards!
Here's that PETA ad that was banned from the Superbowl. It's been more than fifteen years now since I quit watching TV, but yeesh, is it still balking at things this tame?
One type of business seems unaffected by the bad economy.
Yes, he's finally gone.
This is silly, but contains one immortal line: "How would one feel if one was to go walking in nature and suddenly came across a group of naked people?"
Mendip recalls the sledding wars of DC winters past.
Don't forget Valentine's Day.
These two make a cute couple.
Iowahawk interprets that godawful "pledge" video (if you haven't seen the video, it's here -- don't watch it on a full stomach).
Doesn't this usually lead to the end of the world in SF movies?
Portland's baby elephant plays soccer.
Iceland now has the world's first openly-lesbian Prime Minister.
Some French people are still behaving like idiots about the global dominance of the English language.
Oh, crap -- if Dubai has enough money to build that giant glass arrowhead thing next to the beach, why doesn't it have a proper sewer system?
Rumors abound that the military will soon swear loyalty to Obama personally rather than to the Constitution -- but it's not true.
If space weapons are outlawed, only outlaw nations will have space weapons.
"This is a relapse into paganism" -- NRO makes Obama sound good!
Has pandering to the fundamentalist base locked the Republican party into a death spiral? Right now, per Gallup, only five states -- all with small populations -- lean Republican, while thirty-five lean Democratic.
We won, they lost! Americans voted power to Democrats and liberals everywhere, not just the Presidency but the House and Senate too -- so let's act like it (found via Republic of T).
A report from the enemy camp -- a pro-choicer infiltrates an anti-abortion conference and finds the anti-choice crowd divided and rudderless.
Another view of the psychology underlying the MSM's economic pessimism: "self-indulgent wallowing in hysterical gloom is more fun." Obama may be partly to blame too.
If true, this is utterly vile -- judges stand accused of sentencing children to jail in exchange for bribes from juvenile-detention-center operators.
Excessive proliferation of laws can destroy initiative.
China struggles with its rising gender imbalance.
In western Europe, apparently, being against theocratic fascism and for liberal values now means you're "far-right".
Terrorism is funded by an Islamic "charity" -- in Ohio.
Be sure to read this spirited and very to-the-point essay on the Iran nuclear issue.
Turkey's Islamist leader shows his true colors at Davos.
The Taliban are extending their rule from Pakistan's borderlands into the interior.
Getting healthier on the cheap is now a plum assignment.
Darwin's ideas have evolved, becoming more important than ever.
Artificial intelligence keeps advancing.
Viruses, long a threat, will soon be used as tools to repair spinal nerve damage in humans.
As the US prepares to move forward in stem-cell research, Canada still has problems.