Re: Death of The Pop Song So, Derb, I totally misread the year and thought that was Madonna’s “Lucky Star.”
Yeah, ok, maybe not.
But, I know that question is not serious since, well, DD came out with a new CD this year.
The famous bandleader has died. Terry Teachout has some links.
Thanks Derb. Now Corner readers are sure to be the life of New Year’s eve parties.
I know you’d just saved me from using the Moebius strip for the umteenth time.
I don’t think I had any idea this mixed Mideast school existed. Kinda amazing.
that’s what Rossi is urging.
Reader William Raftery has tallied last year’s predictions. 1. Andrew Stuttaford
Serious predictions (All of them, really) 14 out of 17. 82.35%
2. Jonah Goldberg
Serious predictions (1-6, 9, 12 & 13) 6 out of 9. 66.67%
Humor/For sake of joke predictions (I hope that’s what they were; 7, 8, 10,11,14). 0 of 5. 0%
Red Cross collection for the tsunami victims is over $4 million.
Peggy Noonan: The biggest story of the year happened just as big-thinking journalists went on vacation after filing their “Ten Biggest Stories of 2004″ pieces. Life has a way of surprising us….The biggest story of 2004 has come, has not yet ...
New Stuff, Toward a New Year The NRO homepage has been refreshed a bit. Includes brave predictions.
We’re back to our normal schedule Monday.
(And I hope all those complaining about our “lazy” “long” break have been peeking in The Corner and the Kerry Spot, ...
fires off insults toward Israel, natch.
This is an interesting use of a blogsite. My guess is as soon as this idea catches on–pitching books online–it will become inefficient for book editors to look through the net for their next book. On the other ...
There’s a strong Boston Globe editorial on Syria today.
"Every Two or Three Minutes, We Get a Donation. " More on stingy Americans.
these laser cockpit stories (here and here) shouldn’t freak people out? (Hat tip:Drudge)
has some terrible tsumani videos and images.
Ramesh's Powers of Persuasion Over The White House
If only, on so very much. If only.
A Christian Science Monitor poll: “Should US-based churches boycott certain companies doing business with Israel? ” (At this posting, “yes” is in the lead. Oy.)
Yeah, he wins the nerd contest hands down, despite some competition. Not to give too much away, but I’m reading his December diary, which goes up tomorrow, and I just came upon this revelation: He’s been reading
There, of course, is the criticism that the U.S. is being “stingy” in regard to the unfathomable disaster in south Asia. And the complaints that Bush shouldn’t be “on vacation,” because, of course, he takes whole days off ...
Woman Gives Birth to Her Grandkids Infertility is so terribly painful, so it’s so hard to criticize the lengths people will go to to have children, but, I can’t help but think: being an orphan is typically no joy either and adoption comes with ...
This Could Be a Waiver Moment The U.S. consulate in Thailand made Americans pay for new passports (at least for the photos) lost in the earthquake/tsunamis?
Anti-Semitism Trumps Aid? Sri Lanka refuses help from Israel.
Chicago Recycling Program blasted for favoring those with Christmas trees.
Taking The Remote Away From Jonah I was just thinking of doing the online equivalent, knowing full well that I managed to get the whole thing started.
And I’m pretty sure, for the record, that Andy Garcia hasn’t lost his looks, they just made ...
With the littlest things, too, you saw that attitude (We’re beautiful stars in beautiful Europe we need nothing else to make this movie): Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia looked bad in it (as bad as they could/worn out/...
The care of tomorrow will be steam-powered?
Red States Voted For Yushchenko Not quite, but nearly sounds that way here: “Yushchenko, whose support is strongest in the agrarian, nationalist Ukrainian-speaking west of the country”
Last night, at a NYC metro area mall, I felt for cops. Looking for a parking spot, I see a guy–20s–get out of his car, hold up a toy (I assume) pistol and check to make sure it ...
A Christmas Gift From Don Rumsfeld for conspiracy theorists.
Probably Not Under Your Christmas Tree
"Seemed Like a Scene From The Bible" A Washington Post staffer’s firsthand account from Sri Lanka.
Use the children to get to the parents.
"Useless, Lonely and Crippling": How The New Yorker Killed The Left Walter Kirn:Now that America’s urbane sophisticates have had to acknowledge their status as a fringe group so out of touch with mainstream moral values, tournament bass fishing, Nascar and Christian rock that their electoral and cultural clout is ...
The last Christmas for Geoffrey?
"Man, Donald Rumsfeld, I Wish I Could Shake His Hand." You’ll want to read this.
You can still give gift subscriptions to NR–take advantage of our half price Christmas deal.
Oh, H***: The Spectre of 2005 This does not bode well for the really big judicial stuff that’s to come. From the Washington Times today: The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee is criticizing President Bush’s renomination of 20 people, recently blocked by Democrats, for ...
An e-mail: So. I’m looking for Florence of Arabia—a last-minute gift for themissus—at my local Hastings. It’s quite possibly the worstbooks/music/movies store in the history of books/music/movies stores,but it’s nearer ...
The Best Shine On The Planet!
Speaking of (see Rick on Jonestown), the WSJ has a piece re the tsunamis today.
Forget Food, They Need Dr. Phil Some newspapers have this disaster counseling macro: Many useless donations of food and clothing may pile up, and public health authorities may devote too much time right now to vaccination drives, overestimate the danger of diseases like malaria, and underestimate ...
is keeping her eye on laser beams.
Dave Barry's Year in Review I cracked up more than once while reading this. It’s possible we linked to already–apologies for redundancy if so. (Way too lazy to check meself.)
Like most year in reviews, it was written pre-tsunami.
Was just rereading this Dave Hogberg piece on why every 30-something who could didnt vote for Dean in primary season. Memory lane.
did hire Pam Anderson. Ok, so Fox entertainment, not news, for a sitcom. But, really, Pam Anderson on Fox News would be for the entertainment value too, so I give it to me.
Leiberman Optimistic On Iraq AP: WASHINGTON Dec 30, 2004 — Sen. Joe Lieberman, traveling in the Middle East Wednesday, said there is strong support in Iraq for the Jan. 30 election, and postponing it would only be a victory for the insurgents.
In a telephone call from Tel ...
Prediction Hate Mail Already! An e-mail, from an espn.com address (so he probably thinks he actually knows something about sports–
please tell me he is off on his theology): “Just so you know, I enjoy reading NRO tremendously, but you will ...
This Is The Time of The Year When My Colleagues Hate Me Ok,
one of the times. But what I am specifically thinking of is when I ask them to make predictions. The reflexive question typically is: What did I say last year? We shake it up a bit, of ...
Hillen said: “I’ll donate $100 bucks to NRO if any reader can convince me that someone like a Michael Moore would have anything to like in this book.”
He has delivered.
Worth the LOTR Corner tangent, methinks.
However, his second ...
Hope you didn’t pre-order this book.
PHEW. All I can say. Phew.
Internet Use Replaces Other Activities How about a study on how much time is wasted on studies on the obvious?
Nevermind. We are stingy. The New York Times told me so.
A reader updates a story from earlier this week: A later version of the same storyhttp://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/29/tsunami.diver/index.html included aresponse from the embassy. They say on that day they had technical problemsmaking photos and ...
For The This-Is-Progress? Files Romanian woman pregnant at 67 with twins.
Should be ok to do what they (we?) do best around jan 20. Phew. A nation is relieved.
This is my belated Christmas gift to Jonah.
I’m just catching up on some email and people are totally questioning Cliff’s nerd creds. One e-mail: “The dude’s never played Risk or read Lord of the Rings. What did he spend his weekend nights in college ...
I’ve only done a cursory reading of Andrew Sullivan’s site as of late, but I get the impression from our former intern Ross Douthat (of whom I’m a big fan) that Michael Ledeen only just recently made ...
Glad The Corner/Kerry Spot took a vacation in 2004.
Meet An Underpaid Monarch I dunno about you, but I suddenly want to be king of Morocco.
i probably would have avoided the
Bull Durham reference in the Sontag obit. The quote was: “the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent overrated crap.”
Although: If Kevin Costner ever says in a movie that people see that ...
No Saint, That Reggie White I imagine he’d agree with that statement. But perhaps not for the main reason the NYTimes chose to call out: he thought homosexuality a sin.
The Hippocratic Oath Returns! A long forgotten oath (in abortion and euthanasia debates, for instance) returns. The governor of Kentucky, who is a medical doctor, is getting grief for signing execution orders, because of his medical oath.
In case you missed the word last week and are wondering why it’s a little lighter around here this week–it’s just this week, a little Christmas break. As you see, we’re not completely disappearing, but trying ...
Bubbly Beyond New Year's Eve I suspect many Corner readers would have no use for this new champagne contraption.
I missed highlighting the best part of the story of the father who sold his kids’ toys on ebay when they misbehaved–the money made is going to their church.
Saw it last night–silly stuff. At one particularly preposterous moment (laser show, if you’ve seen it), I was actually bummed I wasn’t in the Barbara Streisand movie instead.
Imam’s throat is slit for saying a prayer for peace.
From the $5-gift story I posted this morning: “…..Natalie Jeremijenko, who shares child-rearing duties with Mr. Conley, was happy to give what the other parents suggested.”
Could be the future of marriage, I suppose.
I guess this is NYC schools’ version of campaign-finance reform. Parents are supposed to give gifts worth no more than $5, which, obviously, many are ignoring.
18-Week-Old "Fetus" Murdered This kinda thing is only legal with a license.
"The Ukrainian People Have Won"
10,000 people known dead across south Asia, according to the AP.
10,000. (update: that number keeps and will continue for awhile, I imagine, getting higher)
Court adds to election drama.
"Teaching Accountability Is Never Ever Ever Wrong." Under the tree’s empty, but kids are rich is lessons? Well, and dad has made a few bucks…
You’ve got to enjoy Matt Drudge’s red/green layout.
Thanks again for reading us, for your support…
You do have to wonder if Christine Gregoire would say the same thing if her new 130 votes had gone to Dino Rossi instead.
Nr Kids's Books: Report Seizures Here An e-mail: flying from TLH to DFW yesterday and TSA wanted to root through my bag- I said, “Sure,” because I had lots of electronics (an XM radio, awalkman, a digital camera, etc) and thought they might arouse minorsuspicion.
I didn’t even think to make money off of “Happy Holidays”!
Some Way to Show Your Respect For Life Death-penalty opponents kill 23 in Hondoras.
Gregoire is considered the winner in Washington by
130 votes (I keep seeing Hugh Hewitt’s book title flash: “IF It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat” If it is close, however, we’re watching it in action?). ... Pages