Well, it’s 2004 in Australia, so best wishes from everyone at NRO to you. Thanks again for your readership, your feedback, and your patience.
Interesting conversations at Maggie Gallagher’s marriagedebate.com.
Vietnam Disconnects Writer An online journalist in Vietnam gets seven years in prison.
Iran "Dialogue"-Change Talk From the New York Times: “Humanitarian issues should not be intertwined with deep and chronic political problems,” Mr. Khatami said at a news conference in Kerman, the provincial capital. “If we see a change both in the tone and behavior ...
At Least That Was The Only Threat Drunk woman injures air marshal. Does make one wonder.
Shays Warns People to Avoid Packed Places At least he’s consistent about never sticking to the partyline.
The “holiday” part ii homepage is up with predictions and more. There are some replays of NRO pieces too–clearly not all-inclusive–if you have any favs you want us to replay in The Corner this week, we’ll be ...
From Terry Teachout:“Take it from one who’s spent his entire adult life writing for and editing newspapers and magazines: except for politicians, journalists as a group are the most self-important people in the world. That’s why some ...
Falun Gong Member Dies in Chinese Prison
Rick, the e-mails are rolling in. The likes of: “I thought I was so embarrassingly ignorant not to know what the other movie was. I didn’t want to ASK!! Would love to know, though.”
The e-mailers who felt you ...
By the way, in Dec. 2002, Jonah predicted that in 2003: “Michael Jackson will permanently leave the United States to avoid criminal prosecution, earning him the nickname ‘Skinny Arbuckle.’” Bet Jackson wishes he read NRO.
The Jackson 60 Minutes Interview The Sunday after Christmas–
who could sit down and watch it, really? Not shocking the ratings were low.
“I don’t think that it’s too much of a stretch to say that in Johnny’s death a little bit of what is best about America died, too.” A Baylor prof on Johnny Cash.
No one thought laying off terror-related names might make sense?
Charlotte Allen and Charlotte Hays have a new sassy blog on IWF’s website. See here.
What Nro Readers Will Do For Love...or Hate An e-mail: Wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and to let you know my wife gave me a copy of Rich Lowry’s book for Christmas…she says she saw me rearranging the book display at our local Waldenbooks – ...
You look positively angelic in the new one.
NRO’s Meghan Gurdon e-mails with a rewind on Dean on Christianity: Ever since I read the news…that Howard Dean is going to sell himself south of the Mason-Dixon line as a “committed Christian,” I have been bothered by ...
Long, Interesting Piece On Saudi Arabia
Rich will be on NPR tomorrow morning at 9 am, subbing for Dan Schur.
If your father kills your mother (or vice versa), might it harm you?
Deadly Earthquake Hits Iran
From ocassional NRO contributor Fr. Raymond DeSouza: Herod was not the first aspiring totalitarian tyrant, and his ilk are with us still. And beside the brutal tyrants who oppress religion outright, there are those in the West who speak the ...
Would-be assasins get close, again.
Air France Cancels Flights Due to Terror Threat You’d think they’d get it.
Dumbest Political Stunt of The Year Tim’s colleague Ken Shepard is taking a tally.
Was out buying Jonah’s gold star. If beer is what will keep the Corner hopping, though, I’ll email the suits for a keg budget for 2004.
In case you are beside yourself, hoping for some brilliant gift suggestion for the last few people on your lists, here are a few ideas from some familiar faces:
Empire by Niall Ferguson. The rehabilitation of ...
But so far NR types in the area are reporting feeling nothing… UPDATE: MANY readers felt it though.
I was in Cambridge, Mass., this weekend for my wife’s family Christmasparty. Yes, there are still people in Cambridge who celebrate Christmas.That being said, the anti-Bush sentiments are as thick as the Christmasshoppers on Mass. Ave.
I was ...
You might have noticed some Christmas cheeriness about NRO today. It’s the beginning of our two-day rollout of Christmas (and other) features. You’ll have a little extra time to read this stuff–our next homepage update after tomorrow ...
is filling in for Glenn Beck today. Listen in.
The NYT on the bad guys the Pakistanis may have sold nuke info to.
Ridge says we could be at the highest threat level since 9/11 and that al Qaeda is chatting about something that would “rival or exceed” 9/11. Also, he suggests aircraft might be their weapon of choice again.
How The Democrats Saved Civilization? According to Thomas Cahill, author of
How the Irish Saved Civilization, “Republican” and “Christian” are “contradictory terms.”
I would have posted this earlier, but I fainted:
“Over the past five years, by turning over two suspects for trial, acknowledging its complicity in the Lockerbie bombing and paying compensation to victims’ families, Libya finally managed to persuade the ...
“Old hostilities do not need to go on forever,” says Prez. Bush. Col. Khaddafi as a model…has such an odd feel to it. Does make you wonder what Saddam knows about old Mummar though.
Does anyone here
like the Freedom Tower?
NJ governor Jim McGreevey is scheduled to sign the unprecedented cloning bill just passed by the state assembly this Sunday. You can email the governor’s office here and the phone number is 609 292-6000. Details and useful links re the ...
A number of readers have pointed out a funny typo earlier, in the first post on CNN and the Saddam daughters: As one reader writes: “Bottom of the scream” should read “Bottom of the screen.” I suspect you typed this ...
Guilty on three counts: terrorism, cap murder, use of firearm in commission of a felony. (CNN)
Could We Mention Ruthless Torturers or Something? CNN was just talking about one of Saddam’s daughters and while doing so ran the buzzline: “Raghad lost her brothers, Uday and Qusay, in a firefight.” I know there’s not a lot of room on the bottom of ...
Another Photo of The Year
Expose French war coverage. An editor for La Croix did just that, and now no longer works for La Croix.
Mad-Cow Hysteria Syndrome I confess that after a week of hearing about “downer” cattle and cow-brain feed, I’m a bit more sympathetic to Matt Scully’s book.
Al Qaeda Videos Found in Weapons Raid in Iraq How could they have gotten there? Perhaps the content of the videos could provide a revealing answer.
Something to Note and Remember Claudia Rosett: First, it was neither courage nor some sort of Augustinian epiphany that prompted Gadhafi’s decision. It was fear. Over the past two years, U.S.-led coalitions in Afghanistan and Iraq have demonstrated a vital truth of ...
Safire thinks they’ll be a major attack on the U.S. before the election. If so, you know what hatebush.org types will say.
That conversation continues in the remake [of Sabrina] with Harrison Ford. It had the same effect for me as the reader below:
(As well as I can remember)
Capitalist Brother (Harrison Ford) “My life makes your life possible!”
Playboy Brother (...
Jonah said earlier I picked something as his “best of” 2003. No, I didn’t. Not this year. We (I) decided this year to NOT have “best ofs” mostly because I didn’t leave enough space and didn’t do a ...
Kevin Cherry notes: Compare this story from the LA Times with the beginning of this Simpsonsepisode, “The Blunder Years,” which was on syndication on FOX-5 [last night] at 7:00:
Scary ain’t it?
More On Why So Many Iranians Died Amir Taheri:The ancient city of Bam, the epicenter of the quake, has a long history of destruction. It was first destroyed in an earthquake almost 1,900 years ago. But such is the unexplainable magnetism of Bam that, almost eight centuries ...
The Corner's Clergyman On The Best Conservative Movie From Fr. George Rutler: “In discussing the greatest conservative film of all time, it is depressing to realize how limited is most people’s current frame of reference. There can be no question: the greatest was “Mrs. Miniver.” How could ...
I Wish I Had Thought of That One A (female) reader e-mails: I vote for the original “Sabrina.” It has a remarkable scene which actually had me staring, open-mouthed at the screen. In the movie the younger, playboy brother asks his hard-working square brother why he works so ...
Don't Break Out in Kumbaya Yet W. is much more Texan than Bobo…I wouldn’t put money on that fantasy warm-and-fuzzy embrace. Besides, Dean would have had to leave early when he got ticked about the bike path outside.
Seems to be a paper trail. See Latimes story.
A NH judge has struck down the states’s parental notification law. The judge evidently wants a health of the mother exception,–I wouldn’t be shocked if he wanted a broad one.
Credit Where It'S Due: Kate Called Dean
I was amused watching Capital Gang Saturday as Bob Novak and Mark Shields confessed how Dean surprised them in 2003:
SHIELDS: I think the biggest surprise, certainly to me in 2003, was Howard Dean. I mean, all the smart money counted him ...
Andrew Apostolou: “Talk of increasing Sunni representation in Iraqi institutions and “national reconciliation” is misguided. There is no purely political approach to make the insurgents lay down their arms. They are fighting because of who they are, what they believe ...
An Iraqi blogger on Jordanian lawyers volunteering to to defend the Butcher of Baghdad: It was announced today that 600 Jordanian Lawyers have volunteered to defend Saddam Hussain. So it is SH that needs defending, the poor guy. These people know ...
Dean Blames Bush For Mad Cows Dean press releaseAMES, IOWA – Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, MD traveled to Ames and criticized the Bush administration for its approach to Mad Cow Disease and called on the USDA to immediately implement measures to restore confidence in the ...
The mullahs won’t take “Zionist” help for their earthquake victims.
St. Peter's Was a Christmas Target
Arab News on what Saddam has on us.
Warning About Anti-Semitism in Europe From a Vatican cardinal–the same one, by the way, who was the papal envoy to Iraq earlier this year. He’s now free to call Saddam an “inhuman tyrant.”
To the Concord Monitor: New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor reported that Dean said he would not state his preference on a punishment for bin Laden before the al Qaeda leader was captured and put before a jury.
“I’ve resisted ...
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And an Iraqi blogger’s Christmas message. And another.
Al Qaeda has evidently settled in.
Howard Dean says he’s a Christian and will be citing Mr. JC himself in speeches. In black churches, especially, I would guess. Expect the Dems to be evangelizing big-time, will little IRS questioning, I would suspect.
Many of you are probably logged off or logging off for Christmas festivities. Thank you so much for your support and loyalty over the past year. We
love the e-mails you send, positive and negative and everything in ...
Nice piece by a West Pointer on cameras on the coffins of those volunteers who give the ultimate sacrifice.
Jihadists currently flying commercial jets? Dirty bombs within the continental U.S.?
Intercepted from interoffice e-mails: MEMO TO JONAH, ET AL: NO NEED TO COUNTER DERB’S POST ABOUT ME WITH THE TRUTH. DERB: THANKS SO MUCH, CHECK IS IN THE MAIL. NON-DERB WRITERS: SIMILAR EXTRA-MONEY OPPS AVAILABLE FOR YOU, TOO. JUST ...
My Money Where My Mouth Is I have just purchased an armfull of Legacys to give as Christmas gifts. Amazon will still letcha, with some extra postage…
David Frum interviews Conrad Black today. Read here.
Michael Novak’s new website is a ever-growing treasure trove. Links, archives, beautiful artwork from his lovely wife, and much more. Check it out–and often: Michael’s even got a blog there.
Clinton White House On Iraq & Al Qaeda Steve Hayes continues to follow the document trail.
Tom Ridge is evidently raising the threat level at a press conference in an hour. Be vigilant while helping the economy (shopping and travelling) this week.
honors “the American soldier.” Much better than my Saddam Hussein prediction.
This from Andrew Apostolou, no stranger to NRO readers, who is in London: BBC has been told that Libya had nuclear programme and enrichment of uranium. Also stocks of chemical weapons, aerial bombs loaded with chemical weapons. Biological weapons programme ...
Libya dismantling WMDS programs…. Here’s some of what Blair said a few ago.
There are Jack Chick pamphlets in Vietnamese.
The Chick pubs are visceral anti-Catholic tracts sold, sadly, in a lot of “Christian” bookstores. Been around for ages.
Just a random fine I thought I’d share.
Seen this a few times now: Did you hear what the troops were calling the Sikorsky Blackhawk which Hillary used to tour Iraq? “Broomstick One” Anyone know if that is
Paul Bremer survived an ambush earlier this month in IRaq.
Rym Brahimi just did the softest softball interview with Saddam’s oldest daughter. “It must have been difficult” seeing the images of him this weekend on TV. How about it must have beenb difficullt for the families of those he ...
I had to write to let you know my terrific experience ordering these books[The NR Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories and the two literature volumes].
First, some background: my wife reads to our two sons (6 & 9) just about ...
From the ruling: “…[W]e remand to the District Court with instructions to issue awrit of habeas corpus directing the Secretary of Defense to release Padillafrom military custody within 30 days. The government can transfer Padillato appropriate civilian authorities who can ...