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Agence France Presse
  Ann Althouse
American Digest
The American Street
  Kevin Hayden
American Thinker
  Andrew Sullivan
Associated Press
  Tim Layden
  Mariam Fam
  Gavin Rabinowitz
  Sameer N. Yacoub
Backcountry Conservative
  Jeff Quinton
  Chad Evans
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
  Sebastian Usher
Beautiful Horizons
  Randy Paul
  Gregory Djerejian
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
  Peter Burnet
Burnt Orange Report
  Jim D
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  The Jaded JD
Citizen Smash
Claremont Institute
  Joseph J. Ellis
The Corner
  Jonah Goldberg
  Cliff May
  Lambert @Corrente
Daily Kos
  Damian Penny
  Daniel Drezner
Dynamist Blog
  Virginia Postrel
  Steve Antler
Editor and Publisher
Electablog* U.S. Ambassador to Cyberspace
  David Allan Pell
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  Clifford D. May
Globe and Mail
  Tu Thanh Ha
  Ian Traynor
  Jonathan Steele
  Sidney Blumenthal
Harry's Place
  Harry @HarrysPlace
  Gene @HarrysPlace
HLS Federalist Society
  David Welker
  Hugh Hewitt
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
International Herald Tribune
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Ted Belman
Jerusalem Post
  Joanne Jacobs
The Left Coaster
  Pessimist @LeftCoaster
  Mary @LeftCoaster
  Steve Soto
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Jonathan Chait
  Scott Gold
  Max Boot
Mark A. R. Kleiman
  Mark Kleiman
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
  Jerome Armstrong
New York Sun
  Claudia Rosett
New York Times
  C. J. Chivers
  Matthew L. Wald
  James Dao
  Thomas L. Friedman
  Maureen Dowd
  Edward Wong
  Kim Severson
  Thom Shanker
  Douglas Jehl
  Eleanor Clift
North Korea zone
  Barry Briggs
Oliver Willis
  Oliver Willis
One Hand Clapping
  Donald Sensing
Opinion Journal
  Virginia Postrel
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Peking Duck
  Richard TPD
Power Line
  The Big Trunk
  Greg Ransom
  Steve Bainbridge
protein wisdom
Questions and Observations Blog
  Dale Franks
  Michael Georgy
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
  Christopher @ShrillBlog
Signifying Nothing
  Robert Prather
skippy the bush kangaroo
Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
Steve Gilliard's News Blog
  Steve Gilliard
t a c i t u s
  Bird Dog
  Jeralyn Merritt
Tim Blair
  Tim Blair
Toronto Star
  Antonia Zerbisias
The Volokh Conspiracy
  Jim Lindgren
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
Washington Post
  Charles Krauthammer
White House

Ukraine state TV in revolt
  By / BBC   —   Permalink 
Journalists on Ukraine's state-owned channel - which had previously given unswerving support to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych - have joined the opposition, saying they have had enough of "telling the government's lies".
Betsy Newmark: The fact that the state-run media is turning on the administration is a good sign.
Orrin Judd: Except that when your security services and state controlled media go wobbly: Ukraine state TV in revolt (Sebastian...
Jonah Goldberg: From BBC: "Journalists on Ukraine's state-owned channel - which had previously given unswerving support to Prime...
Damian Penny: Declarations of Independence — Another extraordinary development in Ukraine - two government-controlled television...
Oliver Willis: Somebody Tell Fox News — The television stations in the Ukraine are revolting too.

Dean, Clinton and Kerry: No, No, No for 2008
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Thanksgiving is traditionally an occasion for Op-Ed columnists to put aside their customary bile and offer up heartfelt thanks for the many blessings that we Americans share. But I say: Heartfelt thanks are what grandmothers are for. I'm going with bile.
Captain Ed: They'll Be Coming Around Soon Enough Now — Even the diehard Bush haters may be regaining their senses.
Betsy Newmark: You almost have to pity Jonathan Chait as he ponders a 2008 with Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, or John Kerry as the candidate.
Glenn Reynolds: JONATHAN CHAIT: "Heartfelt thanks are what grandmothers are for. I'm going with bile." His targets are Howard Dean, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: AND NOW FOR YOUR PRE-WEEKEND BILE — Courtesy of Jonathan Chait: [snipped quote] I have to say, I agree with this analysis.
Dale Franks: But he's not bitter — Liberal pundit Jonathan Chait knows what he needs to be thankful for during this holiday: The political death of John Kerry.
PoliPundit: 2008 — Jonathan Chait, who's admitted to "hating President Bush," is not at all happy with the Democrat prospects for 2008.

Annan's Son Took Payments Through 2004
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
One of the next big chapters in the United Nations oil-for-food scandal will involve the family of the secretary-general, Kofi Annan, whose son turns out to have been receiving payments as recently as early this year from a key contractor in the oil-for-food program.
Charles Johnson: Also see Claudia Rosett's article in the New York Sun: Annan's Son Took Payments Through 2004.
The Big Trunk: Oil-for-Kojo — The New York Sun has Claudia Rosett's account of the oil-for-food scandal's latest installment: "Annan's son took payments through 2004."
Pejman Yousefzadeh: WE CALL IT "CORRUPTION" — Is there any reason whatsoever to suffer the continued presence of Kofi Annan at the United Nations?
Bird Dog: As Claudia Rosett wrote, Kojo Annan worked for Cotecna Inspection Services from December 1995 through February 1998, and...
Damian Penny: According to Claudia Rossett, he was recieving payments for much, much longer than anyone had thought - and Kofi Annan was, at the very least, wilfully blind to what was going on.
KJL: CLAUDIA ROSETT on Anna's son.
Also: Glenn Reynolds

Can Howard Dean Save the Democrats?
  By / Newsweek   —   Permalink 
Nov. 26 - The struggle to be Democratic National Committee chair is round one of the battle for the soul of the party. The obvious choice is Howard Dean, who has the clarity of conviction and the passion that voters hunger for even if they don't always agree with him.
Oliver Willis: Dean for DNC — While some parties keep smearing Howard Dean and his positions (for old times sake, I guess), Eleanor...
Jerome Armstrong: Update for Dean— Eleanor Clift writes that a Web site has sprung up, and a Democratic source says Dean...
Orrin Judd: NOT MOVING ON: Can Howard Dean Save the Democrats? : The Vermont firebrand is essentially a centrist—with conviction and passion.

A Fight for Shiites
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In 1864, 11 of the 36 states did not participate in the presidential election. Was Lincoln's election therefore illegitimate?
In 1868, three years after the security situation had, shall we say, stabilized, three states (not insignificant ones: Texas, Virginia and Mississippi) did not participate in the election.
Jim Lindgren: UPDATE: Charles Krauthammer, making an analogy to the US elections of 1864 and 1868, argues that the Iraqi election would be legitimate even without Sunni areas (tip to Betsy).
Dale Franks: Questions of legitimacy — Charles Krauthammer has a response to those who argue that, if all parties in Iraq don't...
Betsy Newmark: Gosh, I love Charles Krauthammer. He makes a great point about the idea that the Iraqi election will somehow not be legitimate if Sunnis decline to particpate.

Floyd hit kids sue for unpaid cash
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
LONDON, England (Reuters) — A group of former London state school children who sang on Pink Floyd's 1979 classic "Another Brick In The Wall" have lodged a claim for unpaid royalties.
Robert Prather: I guess it was just a matter of time. [snipped quote] I grew up hearing the song and managed to learn to appreciate education.
Ann Althouse: But we do want our royalties.

Anti-Jewish yearbook prank another blot on posh school
  By / Globe and Mail   —   Permalink 
MONTREAL — Montreal's exclusive Lower Canada College is again in an embarrassing spot after two graduating students placed coded messages calling for death to all Jews in the school's yearbook as a joke.
Joanne Jacobs: A joke — As a prank, two students at an elite prep school in Quebec inserted a secret message in the yearbook "calling for death to all Jews."
Glenn Reynolds: WELL, AT LEAST THIS TIME it wasn't at Concordia University: [snipped quote] Sigh.

US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
With their websites and stickers, their pranks and slogans aimed at banishing widespread fear of a corrupt regime, the democracy guerrillas of the Ukrainian Pora youth movement have already notched up a famous victory - whatever the outcome of the dangerous stand-off in Kiev.
Joe Gandelman: The Guardian argues that political events in the Ukraine are part of a skillfully-engineered new U.S.-created form of revolution.
Bird Dog: A Nefarious Conspiracy by U.S. Plotters — When Bush said that one of our foreign policy goals was to spread freedom and...
Pessimist @LeftCoaster: US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev [snipped quote] Are we sure that shouldn't be 'rigged elections and topple regimes unsavoury to Bu$hCo'?
Harry @HarrysPlace: Behind the scenes — A very informative piece in the Guardian today from Ian Traynor looking at how various US agencies...
Orrin Judd: THE REGIME CHANGERS: US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev (Ian Traynor, November 26, 2004, The Guardian [snipped quote] Better bloodless.

Ukraine's postmodern coup d'etat
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
Oranges can often be bitter, and the mass street protests now going on in Ukraine may not be quite as sweet as their supporters claim.
For one thing the demonstrators do not reflect nationwide sentiments. Ukraine is riven by deep historical, religious and linguistic divisions.
Roger L. Simon: Suffering from yet another attack of nostalgie pour le fascisme, the Guardian's Jonathan Steele predictably warns us of...
Glenn Reynolds: Old Europe, not so much. UPDATE: On the other hand, here's some premium Old Europe thinking on the subject.

My Sportsman Choice: Pat Tillman
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
On the evening of last April 23, I found myself sitting in a tall director's chair in the middle of the newsroom at WTNH-TV in Hartford, Conn., the nearest television station to my home.
Blackfive: This year there is one athlete who stands out. Tim Layden of CNN/Sports Illustrated lays it out for you.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR — Well-deserved. And I am sure that somehow, someway, Ted Rall will bring his tastelessness to bear once again on this issue.
Vanderleun: Patriot Gains — Pat Tillman, Champion I'm not a fan of online polls and am even less sanguine about "stuffing the...
Jeff Quinton: Vote for Pat Tillman for Sportsman of the Year — Vote for Pat Tillman. If you aren't convinced as to why, read this.

Four Killed in Baghdad's Green Zone
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A mortar attack killed four employees of a British security firm and wounded 15 others in the Baghdad's Green Zone, a fortified area that houses the U.S. and Iraqi leadership, the company and British officials said Friday.
Matthew Yglesias: That four were killed in the Green Zone, however, is something people should take note of.
Lambert @Corrente: qWagmire: Green zone hit — More proof that we're winning: [snipped quote] Can't protect the Green Zone, can't protect the road to the airport... Oh, wait.

One gulp, and Bush was gone
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
At the dedication of the Clinton library last week in Little Rock, Karl Rove and President Bush received separate tours of the dramatic building, a glistening silver, suspended boxcar filled with light and with a panoramic view of the Arkansas river.
Joe Gandelman: What It Was REALLY LIKE At The Clinton Library Dedication (?) President George Bush seemingly tries to push Bill Clinton...
Andrew Sullivan: SID AND KARL: Sidney Bumenthal is in fine, paranoid form in an article decrying Bush's alleged behavior at the Clinton library festivities.
Pessimist @LeftCoaster: One gulp, and Bush was gone Behind the scenes at the Clinton library, we saw America's future [snipped quote] I try to...

More on Declaration Ban
  By / Claremont Institute   —   Permalink 
Well if America reverts to a Crown Colony then I'm going to push hard to be elevated to the nobility.
Call me Count de Money!
I think Porter Goss, after he gets through reaming the CIA, should take a stab at the whacky educrats.
Hindrocket: UPDATE by BIG TRUNK: Our friends at The Remedy have more here and here.
Joanne Jacobs: I find it hard to believe they're not allowed to read the historical documents that state history standards require...

Ukraine Court Delays Results in Vote Dispute
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 25 - Ukraine's Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked the victory of Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovich in the disputed presidential election, barring publication of the Central Election Commission's results until the court reviews complaints of widespread fraud and abuse.
Damian Penny: Lawyers have a bad reputation in North America, and not without reason, but this kind of thing makes me proud to be one.
Roger L. Simon: Thanksgiving in Kiev — A good surprise comes from the Ukraine to mix with our Pepcid as the Ukranian Supreme Court has...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: UKRAINIAN DRAMA — There is reason to hope that the electoral crisis in Ukraine will be resolved in favor of the man who...
Joe Gandelman: The Ukraine's Supreme Court today temporarily blocked the victory of the government-backed candidate for President...
Daniel Drezner: Meanwhile C.J. Chivers reports in the New York Times of hints that the security forces are split on the crisis: "Mr...

New High-Tech Passports Raise Snooping Concerns
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 - The State Department will soon begin issuing passports that carry information about the traveler in a computer chip embedded in the cardboard cover as well as on its printed pages.
Captain Ed: However, the ACLU has launched objections to the practice, claiming that the new technology will point out Americans...
Jeralyn Merritt: The State Department has plans to put an embedded computer chip in passports, as early as next year, that raise serious privacy concerns.

After Victory, Crusader Against Same-Sex Marriage Thinks Big
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 - The warning call came in December 1995. "Do you folks on the mainland know what is going on here?" a friend from Hawaii asked Phil Burress, an antipornography crusader from the suburbs of Cincinnati.
Mr. Burress confessed that he did not.
Orrin Judd: PEOPLE WILL WAKEN AND LISTEN TO HEAR: After Victory, Crusader Against Same-Sex Marriage Thinks Big (JAMES DAO, 11/26/04,...
The Jaded JD: Knowing the Enemy — James Dao has this article in this morning's New York Times, detailing the organizational brilliance of Mr. Phil Burress of Cincinatti, Ohio.

Arab world: 73.72% want Hamas to replace Arafat
  Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
A survey of the Arab world organized by the Al-Arabia network website after the death of Yasser Arafat, showed 73.72% want a Hamas representative to replace Arafat, ITIM reported. In contrast only 0.7% expect that one of the PLO leaders will take over.
Charles Johnson: This means that according to a new survey, an overwhelming majority of Arabs are in favor of genocide and terrorism: Arab world: 73.72% want Hamas to replace Arafat.
Ted Belman: 74% of Arabs want Israel destroyed — Arab world: 73.72% want Hamas to replace Arafat By JPOST A survey of the Arab...

Where Snobbery Is Out of Style
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
As shoppers hit the stores for this year's holiday rush, the "wish books" many are consulting come not from Sears or Neiman Marcus but from Condé Nast and Hearst. They're poring over "shopping magazines," the publishing category established by Lucky and joined this year by its male-oriented spinoff, Cargo, and its new competitor, Shop Etc.
Glenn Reynolds: VIRGINIA POSTREL PRAISES SHOPPING MAGAZINES: [snipped quote] Interesting take.
Virginia Postrel: Pleasure In, Snobbery Out In this article for the WSJ's "Taste" page, I argue that the success of the much-maligned...

Press Routinely Undercounts U.S. Casualties in Iraq
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK As the toll of Americans killed and wounded in Iraq in November approaches record levels for one month in this war, is the press only telling part of the story?
The Pentagon's latest official count, provided on Wednesday, listed 1230 American military killed in Iraq and another 9300 U.S. troops wounded in action.
Juan Cole: 25,000 US Casualties in Iraq; 9% of Troops Put in Hospital or Killed — Over 2000 Iraqis Killed in Fallujah CBS has...
Steve Gilliard: 25,000 wounded he has 24,999 comrades Press Routinely Undercounts U.S. Casualties in Iraq By E&P Staff Published:...

Guardsmen Say They're Facing Iraq Ill-Trained
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Members of a California Army National Guard battalion preparing for deployment to Iraq said this week that they were under strict lockdown and being treated like prisoners rather than soldiers by Army commanders at the remote desert camp where they are training.
Kevin Hayden: Rebellion in the ranks was predictable — [snipped quote] Geeze, now the troops are rebelling about the lack of preparation.
Skippy: it's not you need any training or anything just to go to war this latimes piece points out that the national guard who...

Dropping the anchorman
  Economist   —   Permalink 
FOR conservative America, it just keeps on getting better. A mere 20 days after the Republicans' clean sweep of the White House and Congress, the American right celebrated the retirement of one of the hated grandees of liberal journalism, Dan Rather.
Hugh Hewitt: Recent articles in World and the Economist on blogging suggest we will see a lot about blogging in the end-of-year "summing up" articles.
Mitch Berg: The Economist has an excellent piece on the evolution this election brought to the media. It's about blogs, true - but mostly, it's about options.
Tim Blair: This is bad news? The Economist isn't upset: [snipped quote] Read the whole thing.
Steve Bainbridge: Lexington on Blogs and the MSM — The Economist's always insightful Lexington column has a great piece this week on the changes being wrought by blogs and other new media.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: ANCHORS AWAY — The Economist rightfully celebrates the departure of Dan Rather: "Next March will be exactly 24 years since Mr Rather took over from Walter Cronkite.
Glenn Reynolds: THIS ECONOMIST ARTICLE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE and Dan Rather gets it right: [snipped quote] No doubt.
Also: Orrin Judd, John Cole, Betsy Newmark

In My Next Life
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
In my next life, I want to be Tom DeLay, the House majority leader.
Yes, I want to get almost the entire Republican side of the House of Representatives to bend its ethics rules just for me.
Richard TPD: Meanwhile, if you're bored and want to read a truly sensational column, try this one on for size.
Steve Clemons: Read Tom Friedman's New York Times piece today that I thought was utterly strange and showed that Tom's ego is getting in the way of his commentary on public policy and ethics.
Kevin Drum: I dunno. But if there isn't, Tom Friedman is now it. But hey, when the man's right, the man's right.
Mark Kleiman: Thomas Friedman's column in today's New York Times suggests that the task may not be hopeless.
John Cole: It Hurts Because He Is Right — Tom Friedman is angry this Thanksgiving, and if you ask me, he has every damned right to be.
Christopher @ShrillBlog: Thanksgiving was such a day as our Dear Founder delivered a family-sized serving of sardonic wit: [snipped quote] I want to be Tom Friedman!
Also: Gene @HarrysPlace

The pajamahadeens are digging their own graves
  By / Toronto Star   —   Permalink 
Hoo-boy. It's a hot time in the old blogtown.
The pajamahadeen are firing their virtual bullets into the cyber-air in celebration of CBS anchor Dan Rather's announcement on Tuesday that he was retiring as the top talking face of the network after 24 years.
Hindrocket: Consistency Is Optional — Several readers have pointed out a column by Antonia Zerbisias in the Toronto Star titled "The Pajamahadeens Are Digging Their Own Graves."
Tim Blair: Right or wrong, Antonia Zerbisias thinks bloggers should quit attacking mainstream media before we all die: "Just like...
Damian Penny: I'm not really sure what Zerb is getting at in this column, but her thesis appears to be that bloggers are going to...
Kate: [quote]"No, Ace* - just you." [end quote]

Hiding Breast Bombs
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
It always makes me feel slimy and humiliated, as though I'm in one of those cheesy women-in-prison movies, with titles like "Caged," "Slammer Girls" or "Reform School Girls."
First you have to strip, unzipping your boots, unbuckling your belt and unbuttoning your suit jacket while any guys standing around watch.
James Joyner: Airport Security Redux — I seldom agree with Maureen Dowd. Indeed, when I do, I usually feel a need to rethink my position.
Richard TPD: But, as Maureen Dowd sensibly explains, what we're now doing is not within reason — it is humiliating, extreme, and mainly pointless.
Glenn Reynolds: MAUREEN DOWD relives the (two-year-old) story of Laura Crane's breasts. More here. Once again, the blogosphere is ahead of the curve.
David Welker: Check out this CNN article: AW/11/23/ / index.html Amazingly, even Maureen Dowd...
Robert Prather: For once, Maureen Dowd may be right — She's frequently wrong, sometimes embarrassing and even lies on occasion, but...

Study: Cigarettes Cost Society $40 a Pack
  AP   —   Permalink 
DURHAM, N.C. - Cigarettes may cost smokers more then they believe. A study by a team of health economists finds the combined price paid by their families and society is about $40 per pack of cigarettes.
Steve Antler: Does not include higher dry cleaning bills... Okay let's spend a few minutes thinking about this new study which...
Orrin Judd: SECOND HAND COSTS: Study: Cigarettes Cost Society $40 a Pack (Associated Press, 11/25/04) [snipped quote] Sin is never truly a private matter.
Joe Gandelman: It's Almost As Much As A Gallon Of Gas — If it wasn't enough that cigarettes make your clothes and breath stink, cause...

Ukraine's Crisis
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
FACED WITH extraordinary demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of citizens demanding democracy, Ukraine's corrupt and thuggish government wavered this week, hinting that it might be willing to negotiate about the outcome of the presidential election that took place Sunday.
Joe Gandelman: What's at stake here are not merely election results and "an election," but the actual ideal of insisting upon genuine...
Jan Haugland: Putin congratulated the prime minister today while the EU and the US said they could not accept the official election result amid widespread fraud allegations.
Glenn Reynolds: UKRAINE UPDATE: The Washington Post editorializes: "Some have described the crisis in Ukraine as a contest for influence...
Gene @HarrysPlace: And as The Post pointed out in an editorial, the government-backed candidate for President, Viktor Yanukovych, made a...
Jim D: Now that the Russians are looking like they're ready to party like it's 1979 as the Ukraine post-election drama unfolds, there appears to be a little bit of a falling out.
KJL: WASHPOST ON UKRAINE — Editorial this morning: "The Bush administration has been admirably frank and forceful this week...

Palestinian Forced to Fiddle at Roadblock
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
JERUSALEM - Israeli troops forced a Palestinian man to play his violin in order to pass through a roadblock near the West Bank city of Nablus, human rights activists said Thursday.
Charles Johnson: The Horror — War crime! Atrocity! Unforgivable abuse of human rights! Palestinian Forced to Fiddle at Roadblock.
Chad Evans: Fiddler on the Road Block - Associated Press [snipped quote] Oh the horror!

Iraqi Officials to Meet With Rebels to Discuss Political Role
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 25 - The Iraqi foreign minister said today that the interim Iraqi government planned to meet soon in Jordan with leaders of the insurgency to try to persuade them to take part in legitimate politics here.
Gregory Djerejian: First off, from my favorite NYT reporter, John Burns, some perspective (after a week of near hysterical reportage from...
Orrin Judd: DESURGENT: Iraqi Officials to Meet With Rebels to Discuss Political Role (EDWARD WONG, 11/25/04, NY Times)...

Pilgrims' Progress; Let's Talk Turkey
  By / The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies   —   Permalink 
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the children dress up as Pilgrims and we feast on turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie to commemorate how they (the Pilgrims, not the kids) struggled and survived in the New World. But let's take a moment to really remember those early Americans.
Betsy Newmark: Clifford May has a good look at the Pilgrims and Puritans.
Orrin Judd: THE SHINING: Pilgrims' Progress; Let's Talk Turkey (Clifford D. May, November 25, 2004, Scripps Howard News Service)...
The Big Trunk: Gelernter writes: [snipped quote] Clifford May supplements Professor Gelernter's column with "Pilgrims' progress: Let's talk turkey."
Cliff May: "ZEALOTS, IDEALISTS, UTOPIANS, SAINTS" — My Thanksgiving column - borrowing shamelessly from the brilliant Paul Johnson — on the Pilgrims/Puritans and their heritage.

Thanksgiving Day, 2004
  White House   —   Permalink 
All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives. We are grateful for our freedom, grateful for our families and friends, and grateful for the many gifts of America.
Captain Ed: President's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation — President George Bush issued this proclamation for the holiday, titled In Focus: Thanksgiving 2004.
Smash: Thanksgiving A PROCLAMATION: [snipped quote] Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Orrin Judd: Thanksgiving Day, 2004: By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation "All across America, we gather...

Al-Zarqawi Lieutenant Arrested in Mosul
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A lieutenant of Iraq 's most feared terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was captured a few days ago in Mosul, and Iraqi troops searching suspected terrorist hideouts in Fallujah discovered a laboratory with manuals on manufacturing explosives and toxins — including anthrax, Iraq's national security adviser said Thursday.
Deacon: Taking it to the terrorists — Lots of important news from Iraq the past few days.
Chad Evans: Zarqawi Lieutenant Arrested in Mosul - Associated Press [snipped quote] This is another major victory in the fight against terrorism inside of Iraq within the last month.
Captain Ed: Zarqawi Lieutenant Arrested, With Chemical And Biological Weapons — Abu Saeed, identified by Iraqi and American sources...

Give Thanks for These Patriots
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
It is all too easy to take the all-volunteer armed forces for granted. They've been around now for 31 years, ever since the draft was abolished in 1973. We have become used to having a high-quality military filled by dedicated young women and men willing to put their lives on the line for less money than Donald Trump hands out in tips every week.
Deacon: More to be thankful for — Max Boot is thankful for our all-volunteer armed forces.
Orrin Judd: DEFENDERS OF THE CITY: Give Thanks for These Patriots: Civilian turkey- eaters: Show your gratitude for the armed forces.
Glenn Reynolds: Max Boot writes today in the Los Angeles Times: "It is all too easy to take the all-volunteer armed forces for granted.
Betsy Newmark: Max Boot has a beautiful tribute to our all volunteer army today. "Why do they do it?

Fallen Marines
  American Thinker   —   Permalink 
I want to share with you my most recent Air Force Reserve trip. I had decided to go back into the Air Force Reserves as a part time reservist and after 6 months of training, I have recently been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and have been fully mission qualified as an Aircraft Commander of a KC-135R strato tanker aircraft.
Baldilocks: You know who they are. With that, I point to this article in American Thinker, penned by a USAFR tanker pilot.
Charles Johnson: Fallen Marines — This Thanksgiving, we should remember that everything we have in this beautiful country, we have because of Americans like these: Fallen Marines.

Turkey Is Basic, but Immigrants Add Their Homeland Touches
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
PATERSON, N.J. - For all those struggling to get Thanksgiving dinner on the table, consider the plight of Yaser Baker, a restaurateur in this city's Arabic shopping district.
John Cole: At any rate, Happy Thanksgiving, and if you want to read an interesting story about immigrants and Thanksgiving, check...
Orrin Judd: THE ASSIMILATIVE POWER OF RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE: Turkey Is Basic, but Immigrants Add Their Homeland Touches (KIM...
Ann Althouse: And this is a good article in the NYT about immigrants experiencing some perplexity over Thanksgiving ("The children have Thursday off to eat a turkey?")

Europe pays the price for cultural naïveté
  IHT   —   Permalink 
PARIS In the realm of European immigration, the damage done by the political correctness of the past is only now beginning to be felt.
In several countries, notably in Scandinavia, a policy of unquestioning tolerance of cultural differences was adopted...
Donald Sensing: Coupled with the rising realization that Europe's greatest threat is religious - radicalized Islam (see here and here)...
Peter Burnet: DENYING HUMAN NATURE — Europe pays the price for cultural naïveté (William Pfaff, International Herald...

Iraq Troops Find Chemical Lab in Fallujah
  AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi troops searching suspected terrorist hideouts in Fallujah discovered a laboratory with manuals on how to manufacture explosives and toxins — including anthrax, Iraq 's national security adviser said Thursday.
Hindrocket: UPDATE: Iraqi troops have discovered a laboratory with chemical weapons manuals and as-yet-unidentified chemicals in...
Chad Evans: Chemical Lab Found in Fallujah - Associated Press [snipped quote] I can't say this surprises me in the least, however it is a great find.

Kim Jong-Il badges vanish from North Korean chests
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SEOUL : Badges depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, a key symbol of his personality cult, are disappearing from peoples' chests in the communist country.
South Korea's Unification Ministry confirmed that lapel badges of Kim are no longer being worn by North Koreans travelling from the Stalinist state to China on official business.
Captain Ed: Not only have Kim's pictures been removed from public places in Pyongyang, they've also been pulled from the lapels of...
Barry Briggs: More signs of Kim Jong-il's cult of personality in decline: South Korea's Unification Ministry confirmed that lapel...
Orrin Judd: That's quite a kill ratio. MORE: And soon Kim Jong Il.

U.S. Fails to Explain Policies to Muslim World, Panel Says
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 - A harshly critical report by a Pentagon advisory panel says the United States is failing in its efforts to explain the nation's diplomatic and military actions to the Muslim world, but it warns that no public relations plan or information operation can defend America from flawed policies.
Mary @LeftCoaster: The New York Times headlines this story with U.S. Fails to Explain Policies to Muslim World, Panel Says which totally...
Randy Paul: Consider this in yesterday's New York Times: "A harshly critical report by a Pentagon advisory panel says the United...

Falluja fears for future
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FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Braving snipers, Falluja residents walked past demolished homes to an aid distribution centre but American granola bars and Frosted Flakes cereal failed to raise hopes of a brighter future.
"We have no water and this is the only food we get.
Juan Cole: On the other hand, Fallujans are afraid that the mere presence of US troops in the city virtually guarantees a long-term...
Steve Gilliard: Go home — When the Americans leave we will be happy Falluja fears for future Tue 23 November, 2004 10:44 By Michael...

2 Top Officials Are Reported to Quit C.I.A.
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 - Two more senior officials of the Central Intelligence Agency's clandestine service are stepping down, intelligence officials said Wednesday, in the latest sign of upheaval in the agency under its new chief, Porter J. Goss.
Steve Soto: Porter Goss has forced out two more at the CIA.
David Allan Pell: CIA, C You Later — Two more extremely high ranking officials have resigned from the CIA.
Matthew Yglesias: Okay, Maybe — A sign of optimism, maybe, at the CIA as Doug Jehl reports that [snipped quote] If people are so...
DemFromCT: More Upheaval At CIA — According to the NY Times, the Goss appointment at the Agency has more fallout.
Hindrocket: The New York Times reports that two more senior CIA officials, whose names have not been disclosed because they are...
Orrin Judd: DE-REALISTIFICATION: 2 Top Officials Are Reported to Quit C.I.A.