The big guy is coming, and I hope is kind to all. You Little Santas out there — all 1,400 of you who have given to NR in this end-of-the-year webathon, many thanks. We can still use more help — as you may have heard, the judges on the D.C. Court of Appeals have just issued a terrible ruling in the Michael Mann v. NR case, effectively putting a big lump of coal in company stocking. The fight to defend free speech and the First Amendment continues, and it is going to cost us a lot. This in addition to our ongoing effort to bankroll the complete overhaul and rebuild of NRO. I need a sugar daddy! Until one comes along (sugar mommas, don’t be shy) we’re hoping you might donate $10 or $100 or $1,000 or more if possible. You can contribute here. Via PayPal, go here. Via mail: Send a check, payable to “National Review,” to 215 Lexington Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Thanks so much. Now, a word from our sponsors:
‐ With his $50 comes Greg’s story of a website love affair: “I cannot remember exactly when I started reading NRO. I’m pretty sure it was around 2003 when I first learned of some fellow having snarky conversations with his Couch and going deep in Simpsons references. Since then, NRO has become a home for me. It has become a place to learn, to be challenged, to take advantage of some of the best thinking available in these United States. And all the while I haven’t given one damn dime for everything that I have taken. For that, I apologize. You deserve more. Please be well and safe this Christmas season and all the best in the New Year.” No apologies necessary amigo.
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‐ Carlo springs for a $50 gift, which comes with free praise: “Charles Cooke is a fine is a fine writer and author. His is the first article I look for in NR and First Freedom. And, it’s obvious that Liberty has great significance to him.” Oh my will that head swell!
‐ Brett’s in for $25, and talks blue: “Glad to help, especially if it rids the site of those thrice-damned popups.” Only thrice??!!
God bless you all. Mr. Scrooge, Grinch, Yukon Cornelius, and Tiny Tim — all of you have a Merry Christmas.