Link round-up for 8 January 2011
Dave Barry reviews 2010.
Watch natural selection in action.
When all else fails, call us fat.
Many people have fallen for a silly hoax involving the Ground Zero Mosque and Justin Bieber (who should sue).
The Virginia DMV revokes a clever license plate (found via Uzza, who's reading a crappy book).
Saudi Arabia captures a spy for Israel.
Check out these Islamic consumer products.
Where on Earth does Palin get this rubbish?
The media need a new way to report on preachers of doom.
A little debate covers a lot.
The Psalm 109:8 meme hasn't gone away.
A former Navy officer looks at the Captain Honors scandal.
Far more Americans want to reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the wealthy than by cutting defense, Medicare, or Social Security (found via Jerry Critter).
Obama's approval rating continues to climb.
New secular conservative blogger The Heathen Republican attempts to define universal moral principles, and provokes an interesting discussion.
This takes guts, which is why it's needed.
The US government warns that lives may be endangered by Wikileaks, but concedes that there's no evidence that anyone was harmed as a result of previous leaks. Politics Plus is skeptical.
Cannonfire looks at Assange's accusers.
Besides Obama, Congressional Republicans have another target.
Illegal aliens take jobs Americans wouldn't take? Wrong.
The RNC debate highlights a shrinking tent. Steele is among the few who sees the danger. Frum Forum looks at some deeper problems (read the comments too). O'Donnell hasn't helped either.
Gays have become a wedge issue dividing the right; for some, they'll always be pariahs.
The Grassley "investigation" of church financial abuses was a snow job. But this bunch just had to get caught.
Fundamentalists flagrantly lie about Nazism and homosexuality.
One of the world's rising powers has its first woman President.
Christians in Iraq suffer a rising tide of Islamic violence.
Afghan women speak out about their abusive society (sent by Ranch Chimp).
The great treason of 1861 had theocratic roots (found via this post, which is also of interest). But don't look to Haley Barbour for the truth.
PZ Myers looks at the recent popular drivel about a genetic basis for political orientation (my take here).
Worried about recent animal die-offs? Technology is to blame. More here.
That "study" linking vaccines to autism was fraud -- deadly fraud.
Religious "explanations" don't explain anything.
Extreme winter weather is a warning.