Link roundup for 2 January 2010
Romanian group Taxi performs a nice zippy pop song (but don't take romantic advice from them).
Larry Craig may be able to help improve airport security.
The Republican party has a list for Santa, and sends the Democrats a Christmas card.
Holte Ender explains Scotland's year-end tradition of Hogmanay.
If you stay at this hotel, don't turn the heat up too high (sent by Ranch Chimp).
Captain Fogg thinks neologisms are getting out of hand.
Does it really matter whether there is a god or not?
Imagine if religions were real (found via Pharyngula).
Tor.com posts a vast collection of Lovecraftian art (found via Mendip).
Beware the pooper-cam!
With the new year, gay marriage becomes legal in New Hampshire. Prepare to panic!
29% of Americans consider religion "out of date". (Such a figure obviously includes many self-described Christians, thus bolstering Christopher Hitchens's view that many people who call themselves Christians don't mean much by it.)
Jack Jodell has plans for the new year, and quotes.
Cody Kessler crunches the numbers on the Senate health bill.
Republican "pro-life" rhetoric clashes with reality.
Karl Rove shows his support for traditional marriage. And there's a new reason to marry.
Leslie Parsley posts about the return of the John Birch Society to the Republican mainstream (with a great Rachel Maddow video), and conjures up a horde of trolls.
Christian Right talk-radio loon J.D. Hayworth plans to challenge moderate Republican John McCain for his Senate seat.
McCain and Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell are proposing to revive the Glass-Steagall regulations on banking (the link is to BusinessWeek, which is having a major cow over the idea -- thus indicating that the proposal is likely to be effective at getting the bankers' shenanigans under control).
The US International Trade Commission rules against subsidized steel imports from China.
Mad Mike offers a sober perspective on the war with jihadism.
Airport security rules are stupid and about to get stupider. Since we need to improve our airport security, we should learn from the country that does it best.
The Iranian election and uprising topped Twitter searches for 2009.
Rioting mobs burned over a thousand cars in France on New Year's Eve.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 88 people at a volleyball match in Pakistan. Pakistan has been wracked with terrorist attacks since launching a major military offensive against the Taliban several months ago.
The Catholic Church is active in many parts of the world.
Smithsonian reviews some popular myths about the American War of Independence.
Freedom Democrats looks at libertarianism and global-warming denialism.
Russia is contemplating a space mission to deflect the asteroid Apophis, which will pass close to Earth in 2029 and 2036.