Thanks to Jo-Ann for the "Alabamazation of the United States" phrase.
“After an attack on an American consulate, Saudi Arabia has renewed its vow to fight terrorism in all aspects. And they're serious! This time they may even stop funding it.” -- Jay Leno.
Blair rejects demand for civilian deaths inquiry Telegraph.co.uk, UK
Iraqis Float Staggered Vote Idea CBS News
Karzai warning over drugs trade BBC News
Betty Bowers' Christmas Newsletter
“We'll nip this rumor in the bud before any blogulators get ahold of it and wring it of every annoying last bit of speculative hogwash. There is no way, no chance at all, that the George W. Bush Presidential Library will be built in New Haven. None. Zero. Na-da. Zilch-o.” -- Tom Gogola, New Haven Advocate columnist
Three-judge panel mulls reporters' source case Palm Beach Post
Confusion remains over Yushchenko illness Ireland Online, Ireland
Two doctors failed to stop 100 murders Manchester Evening News
"Any problem mentioned, he's in denial," said retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey about Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s answers to U.S. soldiers' concerns.
By Patricia Gerber -- San Francisco
You might be
a right wing Republican if...it doesn't bother you that the man with his finger
on the trigger of most of the nuclear weapons in the world can't pronounce the
-- An AHNC viewer
Kerik accused of spying for hospital Newsday, NY
All hail to Caligula's horse Guardian, UK
Snow to Stay on with Bush; Principi Exits Indiana Gazette, PA
Team Bush Trips Up Good Soldier Snow BusinessWeek Online
“Authorities have tested Michael Jackson's DNA and made an astonishing discovery... They now think Michael Jackson may be a black man in his 40s.” -- Jay Leno.
Diehard Democrats declare it ain't over in Ohio Palm Beach Post, Fla.
Congressman wants 'raw' exit poll data USA Today
Tedious hand recount begins Seattle Post Intelligencer
A transcript of Rumsfeld's meeting with the soldiers is available at www.dod.mil/transcripts/2004/tr20041208-secdef1761.html.
“Still furious about the election, liberals are lashing out at blacks. First it was Condoleezza Rice . But calling a Ph.D. who advised a sitting president during war "Aunt Jemima" apparently hasn't satiated the Democrats' rage. Even the racist cartoons didn't help.” – Ann Coulter, who is a closet AHNC viewer?
Keep to principles, Dean tells his party Boston Globe
Martha Ready for Return E! Online
Panel Urges Shuttle Mission to Help Hubble New York Times
U.S. President Bill Clinton Wins Another Grammy Nod
"W" Didn't go to Viet Nam OR Alabama,
Why do I have to go to Iraq?
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Oil rises as OPEC debates cuts CNN International
Beef Case Could Affect Citrus Industry Lakeland Ledger
Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly Reuters
Target's bell-ringer ban stirs customer revolt Seattle Post Intelligencer
E-Mail Trojan Impersonates Lycos' Anti-Spam Screensaver LinuxInsider.com, CA
Chestnuts roasting on an open FireWire VNUNet.com
Consumer Reports gives Apple high marks MacCentral
Part of the problem, said Daniel Goure, another former Pentagon official, is that Rumsfeld acts less like a head coach and more like the owner of the football team. "For this reason, he doesn't do well at 'win one for the Gipper'-type speeches."
Four soldiers disciplined in abuse case Boston Globe
"They raised the price of a ticket to Disney World to $59.75. They've also put up a new sign that says, 'Your wallet must be this big to get in.' " -- Jay Leno.
Sometimes, You Just Have to Laugh
BY MOLLY IVINS
This composite photo depicts Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's opposition leader and top presidential candidate, before and after his mysterious illness. On the left, Yushchenko is seen after he submitted his candidacy papers in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on July 4, 2004. On the right, Yushchenko, with his face disfigured by illness, is seen at the presidential Mariinsky palace in Kiev, on Dec. 6, 2004. The cause of the illness that has left Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko's face pockmarked is still not known, the director of the hospital that treated him said Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, rejecting a report that the presidential candidate was poisoned. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky)
Vladimir Putin supported Yushchensko's opposition.
U.S. buys flu shots not approved here Chicago Tribune
"Earlier today, the president has called on all Americans to do volunteer work. For example, National Guard service" -- David Letterman
Pillars from the Millau Viaduct, designed by the English architect Lord Norman Foster, rise above the cloud-covered valley of the river Tarn on Dec. 9, 2004. The Millau Viaduct, with seven slender soaring pillars, is the highest bridge in the world at 343 meters and now creates a direct route between Paris and the Mediterranean coast. The bridge will be inaugurated by French President Chirac at a ceremony December 14. (Photo by Jean-Philippe Arles)