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Christmas Greetings from Al-Qaeda? (Updated)

Friday, December 25th, 2009 - by Richard Fernandez

An incident previously described as a passenger setting off firecrackers on a Northwest Airlines flight between Amsterdam and Detroit is now being referred to as a possible terrorist attack.

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Women’s violence against men is really dangerous

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Ann Althouse a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/on-night-of-crash-elin-nordegren-roused.html”makes a good point/a in response to an article that reports Elin Nordegren hit Tiger Woods with a golf club to wake him from an Ambien-induced sleep. Her response is to a commenter who thought that hitting a man with a golf club wasn’t attempted murder, but a wake up call: span style=”font-style:italic;”/spanbr /br /blockquote AllenS wrote: “Nonsense, it was a wake up call.” Now, I was going to use a “wake-up call” wisecrack in the original post. Why did I reject it? Because it would signal that women’s violence against men isn’t really dangerous, isn’t really a crime. It would say that when a woman has a righteous reason to be angry at her man, what would otherwise be a crime is not a crime. Think about how ugly it is to hit someone with a golf club while he is asleep. Did she know it was an Ambien-induced sleep — from which it will be very difficult to wake up and defend himself? How hard a swing did she take at him? It seems it was scary enough to make him run out of the house and attempt to drive — quickly — when he was in no condition to drive./blockquotebr /br /I’ll add this: it doesn’t matter if Nordegren knew Woods was in an Ambien-induced sleep. A spouse has no right to hit his or her partner with a golf club for cheating, regardless of the reason. Yell? Yes. Cry? Yes. Tell him to leave? Sure. Leave herself? Of course. br /br /But to use a weapon to whack him and run him out to the car to escape, if this is what really happened, is not the way to resolve a problem like this, nor should it be legal for a male or female to beat their spouse with a weapon for cheating. It is very dangerous in this case, because, as a man, Woods probably had no other recourse than to get in the car and get away, or face being put in jail for defending himself.

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Friday, December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas to all my readers. I hope all of you have a wonderful day, whether spent with family, friends or in peaceful solitude.

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Merry Christmas to Our Troops

Friday, December 25th, 2009 - by AWR Hawkins

Remember that ours is a life of ease rarely mixed with danger solely because the lives of these troops are those of danger rarely mixed with ease.

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Have a Merry Government-Regulated Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009 - by Frank J. Fleming

Bearded, obese, and probably mentally unstable, Santa is someone we obviously don't want near our children. (Also read Claudia Rosett: Browsing the White House Christmas Catalog)

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Israel’s Shalit Dilemma

Friday, December 25th, 2009 - by P. David Hornik

Israelis want Gilad Shalit home — yet know that a lopsided prisoner deal will encourage further kidnappings.

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Cops Shouldn’t Pull Guns at a Snowball Fight

Friday, December 25th, 2009 - by Jack Dunphy

But it’s even less advisable to bring a snowball to a gunfight.

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It’s Complicated: A Fantasy for Aging Feminists

Friday, December 25th, 2009 - by John Boot

If this movie is to be believed, plastic surgeons should figure out how to add wrinkles.

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Merry Capitalism! The Real Meaning of Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here. Medically Incorrect here.

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Could Jesus Live Safely in Bethlehem Today?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

A Christian spokesman in Bethlehem says: “We have never suffered as we are now suffering.”

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In Your Stocking, from the Democrats: The Worst Present Ever

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by William M. Briggs

The true spirit of Christmas, according to the Dems? Less liberty, state-mandated theft, and bribery. We'd prefer a new tie.

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It’s a Wonderful Copyright Mess

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by Adam Graham

Why is the beloved film, aired year-round on several channels a couple decades ago, now only on NBC twice a year?

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Shameless Islamist Doublespeak Rages On

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by Raymond Ibrahim

To English audiences, jihadists talk of ending oppression; to Arabic ones, they talk of oppressing the infidel.

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Democrats in Fantasyland on Health Care Reform

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by Jeffrey H. Anderson

When confronted with the harsh reality of what ObamaCare will do, the Democrats retreat into a fairyland and pretend all is well.

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A ‘Progressive’ Christmas: More Financially Trying, Less Visible

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by Tom Blumer

Taking “Christmas” out of a mediocre shopping season.

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A Year After the Gaza War: The Forgotten Children of Sderot

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 - by Stephanie L. Freid

The rockets may have stopped firing — for now — but the traumatic effects of Operation Cast Lead linger on.

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The Origins of Obamism

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Victor Davis Hanson

Where did these guys come from? (Also read Ron Radosh: Obama’s Latest Appointment: A Reflection of his Radical Past)

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America’s Doomsayers

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Watch it in its entirety here. Andrew Klavan’s Chirstmas ghost story here.

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Climategate: How To Follow the Money

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Charlie Martin

It appears that most of the Copenhagen participants saw the money they spent as an investment. Here's how they get paid.

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AGW: The Greens’ Tet Offensive

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Andy Pollack

Environmentalists threw everything they had into the anthropogenic global warming scare, hoping for victory through politics and PR.

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The Saudis Take a Stroll on J Street

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Lenny Ben-David

There are some very close ties between Saudi Arabia, the Arab American Institute, and J Street.

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For Parents and Government, ‘No’ Is Often the Best Answer

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Sarah Durand

Just as parents must say "no" to children, government must learn to say "no" to citizens who want something for nothing.

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Hostage Release: New Regs Will Limit Wait Times on Airport Tarmacs

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Andrew Ian Dodge

But three hours is still a long time, especially in the summer.

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A Cracking of the Heart: A Journey to Transcendence

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 - by Cynthia Yockey

David Horowitz's book is about his late daughter's life and the bond they formed despite clashing worldviews.

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The Reid Bill: Coercive, Unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - by Roger Kimball

Senator Jim DeMint proposes a vote tomorrow, claiming the Reid bill is unconstitutional. He's right.

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